When Daylight Savings Begins- Home Security Should Too

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March 14th is time for Americans to push clocks and home security ahead. Security Choice, a leading resource for home security and safety, offers the following tips to keep homes safe.

When Americans set their clocks ahead on March 14th they may not realize that Daylight Savings Time brings with it the season for increased property crime. According to the FBI, warm weather is often a predictor of increased criminal activity. Most residential burglaries also occur during daylight hours, specifically between 6am and 6pm. With longer days and spring weather around the corner, Security Choice, a leader in home security and safety, offers the following tips to keep homes safe.        

Secure doors and windows -- The most common points of entry for criminals are the most obvious. All doors and windows should be secured throughout the day to ensure maximum security. Sliding glass patio doors are particularly vulnerable, and should be reinforced with a wooden dowel or a secondary blocking device.

Hide garage door openers – Garage doors are a common weakness in home security, as many people do not lock the door that leads from the garage to the house. An increasingly common tactic is to steal garage door openers from cars. Criminals use registration documents to find the address of the car owner and the garage door opener for easy access to the home. Keep garage door openers hidden and internal doors locked at all times.

Always appear to be home -- Burglars are looking for an easy target. The biggest deterrent is a home that looks occupied. Extra cars parked in the driveway or street can often raise enough doubt to make burglars move to the next house. Keep blinds closed, and make sure delivered boxes, mail, or newspapers don’t sit outside all day, as they are telltale signs that no one is home.

Landscape wisely -- Spring brings new growth, and while hedges can serve as a deterrent, overgrowth can provide criminals a place to hide. Trim back unruly plants so that they do not provide cover for opportunistic burglars.

Use home alarm systems – Not much can match the increased security and peace of mind that comes with a home alarm system. Properly installed, alarm systems can be a potent deterrent for criminal activity. Look into trusted brands that offer audible horns and visible decals.    

For more tips on home security and safety, visit Security Choice at http://www.securitychoice.com.

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