Just because the weather is colder doesn't mean that burglars won't brave the elements to break into your house, steal your belongings, and make your feel unsafe in your own home. Installing home security cameras, motion detecting technology, and upgrading your window and doors locks is a great place to start. However, there are special circumstances in winter that make your home vulnerable to thieves.
Here are a few simple ways for you to keep your home and family safe during winter.
Don't Walk Away from Your Running Vehicle
Before you run errands, head to work, or drop your kids off your school, chances are in winter you start your car and let it warm up for a few minutes. Many newer vehicles with a remote start have a safety features that automatically locks the doors when you use your key fob to start your vehicle.
Unfortunately, if you don't have this feature, you are leaving your vehicle running and vulnerable to thieves. In addition to having your vehicle stolen, if your house keys were in your car or truck, they are now in the possession of thieves. Protect your vehicle and home this winter by keeping a close eye on your running car.
Having an aftermarket remote car starter installed allows you to turn on your vehicle from the comfort of your home or office and ensures your running vehicle is locked.
Keep Your Sidewalks and Driveways Plowed
You've decided to escape the snow and cold for a warmer, more tropical climate. If there is snow in the forecast while you are away from home, ask a neighbor or friend to keep your sidewalks and driveway clear, or hire a professional to tackle this chore.
In addition to following your city's snow removal laws, which requires homeowners to keep their sidewalks clear, you are also making it less obvious you aren't home. If your sidewalks and driveway and covered in a fresh layer of snow, it is a clear sign to thieves that your home isn't occupied, making it an easy target.
Installing timers on your lights and keeping a radio on will also fool burglars into thinking there is someone home and they should look elsewhere.
Even if the weather is cold and uninviting, your home is still vulnerable during the winter. Luckily, there are several things you can do as a homeowner to ensure that your house remains safe all season long.