Securing Your House For Summer

By Peter Alligan, Managing Director at Eurotech Security Systems

As the owner of Eurotech Security Systems and a security consultant with over four decades of experience, I’ve seen it all. Summer is a season of sunshine, holidays, and unfortunately, increased home break-ins. The longer days and warmer weather create opportunities for criminals looking to take advantage of homes left unattended. Here are my expert tips to ensure your house remains secure while you enjoy the summer.

Reinforce Entry Points

The first and most obvious step in securing your home is to reinforce your entry points. This includes doors, windows, and any other potential access points.

  • Doors: At Eurotech Security Systems, we recommend you install high-quality doors to ensure maximum protection. Install a deadbolt, and consider a smart lock for added security. Reinforce the doorframe and add a strike plate to prevent forced entry.
  • Windows: Windows should have locks, and if you’re going to be away, it’s wise to add window bars or security film. Sliding glass doors are particularly vulnerable; install a security bar or dowel in the track to prevent them from being forced open.

Install a Comprehensive Security System

A robust security system is a cornerstone of home safety. Modern systems offer a range of features:

  • Cameras: Place security cameras at key locations such as the front and back doors, garage, and other entry points. Ensure they are visible to deter potential intruders. Eurotech Security Systems provides top-of-the-line surveillance cameras with remote monitoring capabilities.
  • Alarms: An audible alarm system can alert neighbours and scare off intruders. Ensure your alarm system is monitored by a professional service for prompt response. At Eurotech Security Systems, we offer state-of-the-art alarm systems that are professionally monitored 24/7.
  • Smart Technology: Integrate smart technology like video doorbells, motion sensors, and smart lighting. These can be controlled remotely, giving you peace of mind while you’re away. Eurotech Security Systems specialises in the latest smart home security technologies.

Maintain Your Property

A well-maintained property is less likely to be targeted by criminals. Here’s what you can do:

  • Landscaping: Trim hedges and trees that could provide cover for intruders. Keep your lawn cut and tidy to give the appearance that someone is home.
  • Lighting: Adequate outdoor lighting is essential. Install motion-sensor lights around your property, especially in dark areas.
  • Fences and Gates: Ensure that any fences and gates are in good repair and locked. Consider installing visual signage to deter intruders. Our team at Eurotech Security Systems can help you reinforce your perimeter with high-quality security solutions.

Be Mindful of Social Media

In today’s digital age, it’s important to be cautious about what you share online. Avoid posting about your holiday plans or current whereabouts until after you return. Broadcasting your absence is an open invitation for burglars. Eurotech Security Systems advises our clients to maintain discretion on social media for enhanced security.

Use Timers for Lights and Electronics

Make your home appear occupied even when you’re not there by using timers for lights and electronics. Set them to turn on and off at different times to mimic your usual patterns. This can be a significant deterrent for would-be intruders.

Secure Valuables and Important Documents

Store valuables, important documents, and spare keys in a safe or a secure location. Consider investing in a home safe that is bolted to the floor. Avoid hiding spare keys outside, as burglars know all the usual spots.

Enlist Neighbours and Friends

Build a network of trust with your neighbours. Inform them of your travel plans so they can keep an eye on your property. Ask a friend or neighbour to collect your mail, newspapers, and packages. An overflowing mailbox is a clear sign that no one is home. Eurotech Security Systems encourages community vigilance and cooperation for enhanced security.

Regularly Update Your Security Measures

Finally, stay updated with the latest security advancements. Regularly review and update your security system and protocols. Technology is continually evolving, and what was state-of-the-art five years ago might be obsolete today. Eurotech Security Systems stays at the forefront of security technology, ensuring our clients always have access to the best solutions.

Securing your house for summer doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these expert tips and a proactive approach, you can ensure your home remains safe while you enjoy the sunny season. Remember, the key to home security is not just about the equipment you install but also about maintaining vigilance and smart practices.

Stay safe, and enjoy your summer with peace of mind.

Owner, Eurotech Security Systems