As many of you can feel, the hot summer weather is cooling down into autumn. What does that mean for most families? It’s back to school season. We can already see the savings that school supplies chains are throwing at you: get most, if not ALL, your school supplies for less than $1! That’s even better than shopping in the land of our North American cousin given the close parity of the US and CDN dollar.
Yes, all parents are excited that their children are going back to school. For families with younger kids, the relief of no longer having to worry what day camps to enroll their tots in. For those with teenagers, the hormone-raging-mood-swings-out-of-nowhere sons and daughters are out of the house. Peace and quiet…finally. I mean parents have waited all summer for this, right? Might I add that most male teenagers spend most of their time camouflaged on the sofa: a living, breathing, couch potato. (That is a totally different story – I must keep in mind to do a post on obesity and health!) As for the girls, most are spending YOUR money, yes, your hard-earned money on clothes, movies, accessories. One has to take advantage of those sales, no?
Back to serious business, parents may have finally found some peace-of-mind knowing that their children are educated in the appropriate institutions; however, as the adults go back to work after enjoying their summer vacation, they don’t realize the risk of burglary. Back to school means back to your regular routine. Wake up at 7am, eat breakfast, send your kids to school, go to work, come back around 5 or 6pm to cook dinner. The in-between time, usually 9am-5pm, is prime time for burglars to sneak into your house, breaking and entering your home. Nobody is at home during that time, so how can you prevent or deter robbers?
Follow these 5 easy steps to make sure your home is secure:
- Make sure you have an alarm system set up at home. Preferably one that dispatches a team to your house whenever the alarm is triggered, or an alarm company that will send you live notification in the form of an email, text or call.
- Upon having your alarm system installed, ensure that your house has visible signs that indicate that you are being protected. This will deter burglars from even trying to enter your house. Without the signs, thieves will still try to enter your house, and insurance may not pay for a broken window or door. Make sure you protect yourself and your home thoroughly.
- Never leave a key outside. Some families do this to make sure family members can still enter their home if they forget their keys. This is not a good idea, as thieves already know the prime spots of hidden keys. You can never outsmart them. In the case that your children arrive from school without their keys, remind them to call you and go to a friend’s place in the meantime. That way your kids are safe and your home is protected.
- Sign your neighborhood up for block-watch. Knowing your neighbors will keep an eye on your property always helps a community unite with a security front.
- Ensure all windows are doors are secured and locked. Backdoors are especially easy to forget, and those are the entry points that provide a burglar the opportunity to break into your home. Backdoors provide good hiding spots as they are sheltered away from your neighbor’s eyes.
It’s easy enough to protect your house. If you do need extra security, contact your local security provider. You don’t want to give a burglar any opportunity to steal your assets.
Stay tuned for more information on back to school tips to protect your identity!