Spring is here. It's time to shed all those extra layers of clothing and, finally, open your doors and windows.
That's why spring cleaning is an American tradition. After shutting all your doors and windows, and turning up the heat for months, it's finally warm enough to go back outside.
It's a great time of year to let the fresh air in. Of course, this is also the perfect time for burglars to strike.
If you're like many families, your home in spring and summer is a revolving door of kids, relatives and friends. You may leave the house for days or weeks to go outside and enjoy the warmer weather with your family.
So, be sure to keep your home and family safe. You'll enjoy spring and summer a whole lot more if you use these five tips to make sure everyone's secure.
1. Home security system
"A security system ... is the single most important thing you can do to secure your house from fire, flooding and crime," according to A Secure Life. Now, it's easier than ever to keep your family and home safe.
Our sponsor SimpliSafe has been setting the benchmark for home security for years. You may know SimpliSafe for its beautiful design, but its security system is even more impressive.
It has four ways to keep criminals out of your home.
It has motion sensors and entry sensors at your doors and windows. SimpliSafe detects if someone smashes your windows and there's video security with SimpliCam.
Maybe most importantly, SimpliSafe is monitoring your home 24 hours a day. When there's an emergency, SimpliSafe is there.
SimpliSafe gives you control from your smartphone. So, no matter where you are, you can arm and disarm your security system, and remotely check on your home and family.
When it's time for spring cleaning, it's time to check the locks on your windows and doors. Make this a tradition, so you never forget to ensure your home is safe.
Go around your house and check each window and each door. Make sure they lock securely and make sure you have newer deadbolt locks and window locks that keep intruders out.
3. Smoke detectors
If you're like most people, you wait for your smoke detectors to start chirping before you check on them. That chirping in many detectors is telling you that the batteries are weak or dead.
But what if you're on a long vacation and those detectors start chirping? Don't put your valuables at risk.
Instead, go around your home now and check each detector. Better yet, replace each battery.
4. Protect your ID
You've heard the stories about ID theft. The fact is, millions of people's IDs are floating around the internet.
Hackers are just waiting to use your Social Security number, your address and more to sign up for credit cards. Have all your family members made it tough for hackers to steal their IDs?
This is a good time of year to shred documents with your mailing address and other identifying information. Then, get yourself a P.O. box to make it tougher for hackers to figure out where you live.
5. Outdoor lights
Burglars are brazen. You just have to watch the nightly news to know that.
Criminals will walk right up to your car and smash your windows. They'll reach inside and steal the money in your cup holder.
They'll yank out your pricey smartphone chargers. They'll grab your wallet, purse or anything else you've left in there.
Scarier, burglars just walk right into your home. They smash windows and bust through doors.
Why? Unfortunately, most homes don't have video cameras like our sponsor SimpliSafe's SimpliCam and they don't have motion-activated outdoor lights that scare away burglars.
Of course, millions of homes also don't have home security systems. Make sure you're keeping your family and home safe this spring and summer.
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Not all home security systems are the same. In fact, you may have the wrong idea about keeping your family safe, and who can blame you?
But SimpliSafe has changed everything you know about home security. It's easy to install, and the sensors are powerful and effective.
There are no contracts. Plus, the sleek, beautiful design complements your home's decor.