Spring Clean With Caution; Secure Your Home!
What Does Security Have To Do With Spring Cleaning?
It’s April and the weather is gorgeous here in Myrtle Beach.
Warm but not hot.
Balmy but not sticky.
Sunny but not scorching.
What is a homeowner to do? Spring clean, of course. This is the perfect time to clean your porches off.This is the perfect time to get rid of the last of the yellow pine pollen.This is the perfect time to dust off your outdoor furniture and hose off the car(s)! It’s a great time to be outside and get a few ‘chores’ done before South Carolina summer weather moves in.
If you aren’t much into spring cleaning yourself, chances are you have someone come to your home to do some power washing and landscaping to make your home look presentable after the long winter.
When you hire contractors to come do work at your home, caution and due diligence is required to make sure your home stays safe and secure long after they’ve left.
Here Are 5 Ways Your Security Can Be Compromised When Spring Cleaning
You are ready to clean your home and property, especially now that the wether is better and the pine pollen is done.
Before you spring clean, please read these five ways your security can be compromised. Then go ahead and proceed with cleaning, and with caution.
Awareness is the biggest prevention of crimes!
1) Unlocked Windows and Doors After Cleaning
If you, or someone you hire cleans your windows this spring, make sure to go and re-lock every single window, especially if it’s a professional window washer you’ve hired and if you did the windows on the inside as well as the outside. The same goes for your garage and backdoors – anytime you’ve had contractors to your home, re-check your doors for unlocked doors.
2) Unplugged Lights
Security lights can and may be unplugged when someone is working on your home. Do a quick walk-around at the end of each work day after contractors have been to your home.
3) Disabled Cameras or Floodlights After Power-washing
An experienced power-washing company should not disable cameras or flood lights, but… sometimes we hire cheap labor instead of qualified labor. (We aren’t here to judge you, just caution you!) Please check your cameras and your floodlight positions after power-washing your home.
4) Spring Yard Sale Can Be A Burglary Preview
We get that you want to clear your home of clutter. We get that you want to make some extra cash after your spring cleaning is all done with. When holding a yard sale, please cover/remove/lock up other valuables you aren’t selling, away from sight! The last thing you want is to make $50 on a yard sale only to have a criminal come back and steal your nice set of expensive golf clubs (or car, tools etc.) out of your garage that they saw when they visited your yard sale!
5) Contractors Come To Your Neighbors House Too!
Anytime you have someone come to your home, you are inviting a stranger in. Don’t assume just because someone works for a reputable company, you are safe. Don’t offer them a closer look into your home if it’s not necessary. Don’t offer them a sneak peek of your garage inventory. We suggest keeping your garage door closed and valuables out of sight. This makes sense at all times, but especially when you schedule maintenance on your home. Don’t forget these are good habits to have at all time because even if YOU don’t have anyone visiting your home, your neighbor might. Those contractors also have a great view of your home…!
If you have questions about your cameras, need a security system, want Smarthome technology or want to talk to us about your home or business security, don’t hesitate to call us!