Back to School Home Safety Tips

back to school home security tipsWith school starting again soon, there are safety issues that are important for all homeowners to take note of. Since back to school means more routine and empty houses, it’s essential to secure your home more than before. Here are some tips for keeping your home, apartment, and dorm room secure.

Rekey Your Home

If you’ve recently moved into a new home or apartment, consider rekeying your home. This will ensure that no one else has a key to your place. One of the most secure locks for your home is a deadbolt but, depending on your needs, make sure that you get the right kind of deadbolt.

Install a Phone Operated Lock

The fear of losing your keys or getting locked out of your house is real, which is why so many people try hiding a key outside their house. Unfortunately, this puts your home at a higher risk of a break-in. Instead of hiding an extra key where someone might be able to find it, consider installing a phone operated lock for your home. Phone operated locks will allow you to enter your home or apartment, even if you’ve lost your key. These locks are also helpful if you need to let your children into the house when you’re not home.

Be Mindful of Contractors and Technicians

Going back to school presents safety concerns for college students that are living in apartments and dorms who will be getting cable and internet services installed, as well as families who are renovating or winterizing their homes. Remember that contractors and technicians are still strangers, and should only be given access to the necessary rooms in your homes. When people come over, don’t allow them to wander around your home or check closets without your knowledge and permission. If you know that someone is going to be coming to your home for repairs or installation, place your valuables out of sight and in a drawer somewhere away from where they will be working.

Install a Safe

If you have roommates, it is a good idea to get a safe to hold your most valuable possessions, and choose a fireproof safe based on your needs. Here are some tips on how to choose a safe for your home.

Make Sure Your Apartment is Safe

Whenever you go somewhere, whether it’s for a quick errand or on a vacation, secure your doors, close your windows, and lock your home and apartment. As you’re leaving, double check the door to make sure it’s fully locked from the outside, and make sure that your home, apartment, or dorm is safe and secure.

The time to go back to school is quickly approaching, but it’s never too late to make your home more secure! If you have any questions or want to work to make your home more secure, contact us today!

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