Vacation home security is different from basic home security as your reliable absence from the property creates specific security concerns. Unoccupied homes are more likely to be targeted by burglars and if the vacation home is rented, this creates other new threats. First Lock & Security Technologies offers some helpful tips to improve your vacation home security below.
Assess Home Security
The first step to better home security is conducting a risk assessment that considers at the most pressing threats to your property and factors in your vulnerability to each threat. For example, if you are worried about break-ins, you should know that most burglars enter through the front or back door so these exterior locks are of vital importance in keeping intruders out. In the case of vacation rental home security, physical access control is one of the most pressing concerns. Guests are given temporary access to the property, which needs to be easily revoked and changed after each visit. First Lock & Security Technologies can perform a risk assessment of your property and make recommendations to improve the security of your vacation home.
Maintain Door Locks
Maintenance is important for vacation homes but is often neglected. Extreme weather and changing seasons can cause wood expansion in windows or doors which can result in hard to turn keys in locks, posing a security risk. In addition, in as much as repeated use wears out a lock over time, the lack of use can also cause lock problems. Basic lock maintenance calls for the removal of any rust as well as proper lubrication.
Upgrade Doors & Locks
Based on your risk assessment and maintenance schedule, you may find vulnerabilities to address in your vacation home security. One important way to decrease the overall vulnerability of your vacation property is to replace your existing exterior locks with high-security door locks and hollow core exterior doors are upgraded to solid core doors. Every instance you improve your vacation home security, sends a clear message to thieves that you are not an easy target which is the key to crime prevention.
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Security cameras and vacation home monitoring systems are not enough for quality property protection as these devices offer a very limited portion of vacation home security. It is important to round out your vacation home security with well maintained, high quality locks. For help purchasing and installing the best lock and key system for your vacation home, call First Lock & Security Technologies today!