Has the cold weather got you envisioning trading in your parka for a swimming suit, a lounge chair, and a beautiful beach somewhere far away? We sympathize: A warm-weather vacation is always tempting as the thermometer plummets.
But before you go, be sure you also envision a home that’s secure. Consider these simple ways to protect your home:
Make sure the locks on your doors and windows are in good working order.
If exterior doors don’t have deadbolts, consider installing them.
Keep landscaping trimmed.
Bushes near the house shouldn’t be allowed to grow higher than the height of your windows. Otherwise, they provide burglars with places to hide while they stake out your home.
Install outdoor lighting.
Motion-sensor lights can be particularly effective in keeping intruders away.
Consider adding a security system.
The mere presence of such a system can deter burglars. Angie’s List estimates that the average system costs $740 and notes that some of the cost might potentially be recouped through a homeowner insurance credit.