Vacation homes generate specific security concerns for homeowners. Firstly, unoccupied homes are more likely to be targeted by burglars and secondly, if the vacation home is rented, this creates other new threats. First Lock & Security Technologies offers some helpful tips to improve the security of your vacation home below.
Home Security Assessment
To improve your vacation home security, it is smart to begin by conducting a risk assessment that considers the threats to your property. As most burglars enter through the front or back door, these exterior locks are of the utmost importance to keep intruders out. In instances when vacation homes are rented out to different renters often, physical access control is another pressing concern. 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.
Upgrade Door Locks to Improve Security
Based on your risk assessment, you may find vulnerabilities in your vacation home security that should be addressed. If your existing exterior door locks are old and/or damaged, it is recommended to replace them with new high security door locks.
Door Lock Maintenance
While lock maintenance is important for vacation homes. Extreme weather and changing seasons can cause wood expansion in doors and door frames resulting in misalignment and hard to turn locks which poses a security risk. Basic lock maintenance includes checking alignment for smooth operation, proper lubrication and addressing locking and unlocking issues as needed.
Other Tips to Keep Vacation Homes Safe
When not staying at your vacation property, it is important to secure all windows and doors as many home burglaries are unforced entries. It is best to never leave a spare key in an obvious place such as under the front doormat. Rather, it is a much better idea to leave a spare key with a nearby friend or trusted neighbor. Getting to know your neighbors can be extremely valuable as they can also keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity to you and/or the police.
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Unfortunately, security cameras and other home monitoring systems are not enough to protect vacation properties from burglars, vandals and trespasses as these are not prevention measures but detection only. It is important to have well maintained, high quality exterior locks on your premises and follow good practices. For assistance in purchasing, installing and maintaining the best lock and key system for your vacation home, primary residence and other properties; call First Lock & Security Technologies today!