Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of the summer season (unless you’re here in Colorado), but also happens to be one of the busiest times of the year. As the summer sun comes out, pools open, BBQs fire up, and unfortunately, burglars strike.
Keep your home safe and secure this Memorial Day Weekend by following these simple tips:
Be Smart With Your Grill
If you’re planning to grill up summertime staples this weekend, it’s likely this is the first time you’ve grilled all season and you may be tempted to leave your grill outside once you’re done. Don't do it! Large, expensive equipment like this are a signal to burglars that you’ve got goodies worth stealing. The same applies with lawn games, lawn chairs, and any other summertime items you likely store there.
Most importantly, make sure your garage door is closed and locked after you and your loved ones trek in and out this weekend. An open garage door is an open invitation for theft!
Be Smart With Your Food
We can already taste the popsicles.
You and your family are likely to be in an out of your refrigerator this weekend, increasing the likelihood of leaving the door open a crack. Most fridge doors have an alarm that sounds if the door is left open, but it doesn’t do you any good if you’re not inside to hear it! Keep food cold by placing a Notion Sensor in the door. We’ll send your cell an alert when it’s opened.
Be Smart With Your Doors & Windows
It’s one of the first weekends of the year where you’ll finally be able to open your windows and get some fresh air. Enjoy the opportunity, but don’t forget to close and lock them as soon as the sun goes down. Accessible windows are the second most common entry-point for thieves, and they know that travel is popular on Memorial Day.
If you opt for a backyard or patio party, you’ll want to keep your front door closed and locked. Anything that is ground level should be secured.
Be Smart About Travel
The last thing you want to worry about is a break-in while you’re enjoying Memorial Day weekend. If you’re headed out of town, close and lock all windows and remove objects that might allow access to your home, such as ladders or trash cans.
Try not to post any clues about your departure on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Burglars love to check these platforms to see if your home is empty. Finally, turn your telephone ringer down, so no one outside can hear repeated rings, and use timers to operate lights.