We are seeing another Summer heatwave on Vancouver Island and this creates opportunity for thieves. As the mercury rises and the scorching heat of summer sets in, we often find ourselves searching for ways to stay cool and comfortable. However, amid the focus on personal comfort, we must not overlook the safety and security of our homes during this period. Heat waves can create unique challenges for home security, but with the right measures, you can keep your home safe and sound. Protect yourself and your possessions during a heat wave using a security system for awareness, then top up with the additional tips to support staying safe – and cool.
1. Invest in a Reliable Home Security System
A home security system is your first line of defense against potential threats, regardless of the weather. During a heat wave, when homeowners may be tempted to leave windows and doors open for ventilation, a security system becomes even more critical. Look for a comprehensive system that includes features such as:
- Smart Doorbell Camera: Keep an eye on your front door remotely and deter potential intruders with two-way communication. New versions will automatically ring your doorbell as people approach.
- Security Cameras: Install security cameras that use analytics to monitor vulnerable areas and deter trespassers. Insist on security cameras which notify you of activity providing different alerts depending on detection of cars, people or animals.
- Smart Locks: Upgrade to smart locks, which can provide remote access and notify you when doors are locked or unlocked.
- Door and Window: Every security system allows you to turn on a chime alert whenever a door or window is opened. This is wonderful way to stay aware of activity even when your alarm system is disarmed.
- Interactive Security: Having a security system without interactive control is simply less effective security. Years ago, interactive security was in its infancy but the world has changed. Today the level of awareness provided with ADC service is amazing, reliable and incredibly effective for property awareness.
2. Be Mindful of Windows and Doors
While it’s tempting to leave windows and doors open to let in fresh air during a heat wave, doing so can compromise your home’s security. Instead, consider the following alternatives:
- Window and Door Sensors: Install magnetic sensors on windows and doors that will trigger an alarm if someone tries to open them while the security system is armed. When the system is disarmed, the chime feature can be active. Awareness is everything!
- Heat Pumps: Everyone has heard of these new heating systems over the last 10 years – is it time for you to upgrade? Heat pumps have the added feature of cooling your home which makes any heatwave perfectly comfortable inside. You can even take advantage of climate rebates to reduce the cost of your upgrade.
- Attic Insulation: Keep the hot air from entering your home by increasing attic insulation. It helps keep the heat from passing through the roof to your living areas. Plus, it is saves you on heating expenses in the winter. Just because it is hot outside, doesn’t mean your home has to get hot inside – insulate!
3. Create the Illusion of Presence
Criminals often target homes that appear vacant. To create the illusion that your home is occupied even when you’re away:
- Smart Lights: Invest in smart light bulbs or switches that allow you to control your home’s lighting remotely. Set up schedules to mimic your usual patterns. Interactive security from Thorn Security can control all of this for you automatically.
- Timed Devices: Use smart plugs or timers to activate radios, TVs, or other electronic devices at different intervals throughout the day. This can also be a part of interactive security.
- Enlist Help from Neighbors: Request a trustworthy neighbor to collect mail, packages, and newspapers while you’re away, giving the impression that someone is at home.
4. Maintain Your Home’s Exterior
A well-maintained exterior can deter potential intruders from targeting your property:
- Trim Overgrown Foliage: Overgrown shrubs and trees can provide cover for burglars. Keep your landscaping well-trimmed and visible from the street.
- Secure Outdoor Valuables: Move expensive outdoor items, such as grills, bikes, and gardening equipment, into a locked garage or shed.
- Secure Ladders: Ladders provide a way for thieves to access second floor windows or balconies which many homeowners leave open or unlocked. Securing your ladder takes away one of the thief’s tools that make his job easier.
5. Stay Informed and Prepared
Stay informed about local weather conditions and be prepared for power outages or emergencies during a heat wave:
- Backup Power: Consider investing in a generator or battery-powered backup system to keep your security system running during power outages. They all come with backup batteries internally but they only last so long, If the power is out and you are South for the Winter or take regular holidays, a backup generator system can be a worthwhile investment.
- Emergency Contacts: Ensure your emergency contacts and monitoring station are up-to-date and informed about your travel plans.
- Test Your System: Regularly test your security system to ensure it’s functioning correctly.
- Annual Alarm Maintenance Program: these plans provide annual checkups and battery replacements so you know everything is always working properly.
Heat waves can create unique challenges for home security but by combining a robust security system with a proactive approach to home safety, you can keep your home secure and protected during even the most intense heat waves. Implementing these tips will not only give you peace of mind but also help safeguard your home and loved ones throughout the hot summer months. Stay cool, stay safe!