Days are getting longer, temperatures are rising, and the ice and snow are melting. Spring has arrived here in New England, and with it, an opportunity to reevaluate your home security.
After huddling indoors for the past three months, spring offers the chance to finally go outside and enjoy the mild weather, but it also provides an opportunity for thieves.
Here are some steps you can take to protect our property:
1. Assess State of Locks and Bolts
Doing a routine check for damage after the snow and ice cleared? Also take an inventory of your window/doors locks and bolts. Check if they are sound and give them a cleaning or other necessary maintenance. (Angie’s List offers some good tips.) You also might find you need complete locking hardware replacements, but the effort will be worth it for peace of mind.
2. Don’t Let Thieves Clean Up
With the change in weather, are you preparing to do some spring cleaning? If you are disposing of high-ticket items (such as flat-screen TVs) through sidewalk pickup, consider this tip from real state website RIS Media: when placing items outside, pack them in cardboard so they are invisible. Thieves may look at your goods and decide there are even better pickings in the house.
3. Spring Moving?
Are you switching lodging sometime this spring? Perhaps relocating from school back to home? When engaging a mover, take precautions (available courtesy of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) against potential scammers. Steps include doing due diligence — such as verifying any moving company you hire is a legitimate enterprise, getting written project estimates, inventorying your property before the move, and so on.
4. Spring Protection During Leisure Time
Naturally, with the warm weather, we want to let the outside in. We open windows for fresh air, which is fine — provided we remember to close them when we leave the house or retire to sleep. If you are traveling this season, take precautions with a security and surveillance system — as any un-secured or unoccupied house is an opportunity for thieves.
Also consider installing an alarm app on your phone that will allow you to monitor and secure your house remotely. Feel free to enjoy the season knowing your house is secure!
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