Check out SEI’s latest Monthly Tech Tips release below:
Most of us continue to spend a lot of time at home– and because it’s summer, that means a lot of outside time. Here are some tips from the pros on using that time to tighten up your security picture:
- Replace those bulbs. Darkness is a burglar’s best friend. Do a walk around your house one night, making note of any broken bulbs or other malfunctions. And don’t stop with the bulbs; if you have the DIY skills, now may be the time to add some outdoor lighting.
- Prune those bushes. Thick shrubbery is a housebreaker’s other best friend. If your trees and bushes could offer cover to a burglar—as is typical around first-floor windows and back doors—trim them back.
- Stow your tools and equipment. Ladders, lawnmowers, edgers, and tools in general are favorite targets of casual thieves, who can resell them for easy cash. Too many homeowners leave these items either sitting in plain sight or inside a shed whose door has no lock. Reduce your vulnerability by properly securing this gear.
- Stickers are cheap. We’ve often discussed the affordability and ease of use of today’s home security systems. But you know what? A sticker or sign near your front door warning that your house is protected by a well-known provider will scare off most crooks—whether you actually have a system or not.
- Bring in those Amazon packages. By now, most people have heard of “porch pirates” who cruise neighborhoods in search of packages to pilfer. Be sure to bring in your deliveries promptly. Better still, designate a delivery spot that will hide your Amazon goodies from cruising crooks.