The kids are out of school (or will be very soon).
Your vacation tickets are booked, paid for, and printed.
The suitcases are packed.
And you’re ready to begin your annual summer vacation bonanza.
While locking your doors and windows is common sense, there are other things you can do keep your home secure – and not give it a second thought – while you’re relaxing on the beach.
Install security bars for your windows
No matter how locked-up a home looks, a determined burglar will do what it takes to get inside, whether that’s breaking a window or forcing it open with a crowbar.
A window security bar adds an extra layer of protection to your home (and is a strong deterrent against theft too).
Look at it this way:
- Someone breaking into your Oakville home doesn’t want to attract attention…
- …They also want to get in and out as quickly as possible…
- …Once they see a security bar impeding access, they won’t want to spend any more time trying to get inside (lest they get caught).
In short, if someone does manage to break your Fasada window, they’ll move along when they realize there’s a strong security bar in their way.
While is sucks to come home to a broken window, it’d be even worse to find your home ransacked and your belongings stolen.
Place a screw inside your sliding door track
A simple and affordable solution is to first place a wood block in the track. That’ll stop the door from opening fully.
Secondly, you can also stick a screw into the bottom of the door frame through the rod. That’ll keep the doors from moving in case anyone tries to force it out of place.
Check out the door frame and door jamb
When was the last time you looked at – or thought about – the frames or jambs for your front door?
While it may not be top of mind to you, according to a study by Reolink, 34% of burglars illegally enter a home through the front door.
And the easiest way for them to do it is to target the jamb or frame.
If your door frames or jambs are looking weak, chances are they won’t be able to withstand a swift kick.
Here’s what you should do instead:
- Replace your old strike plate with a deep box strike.
- Install a new deadbolt (especially if your current mechanism is looking old and worn).
- Reinforce the door jamb with galvanized steel.
Now, this may sound excessive, but installation of all these components can be relatively simple.
And when it’s all said and done, you’ll have total peace of mind knowing your door is as secure as possible.
Replace any old, unsecure doors and windows
If you’ve been thinking about replacing any old doors and windows, you might as well do it before heading out on vacation.
That way, you won’t have to worry about it during – or after – your holiday.
- Casement windows.
- Double-hung windows.
- Steel-insulated doors.
- Fibreglass doors.
- Exterior French doors.
Secure your home for the summer – and beyond
You’ve been looking forward to your summer vacation all year long.
Don’t let worries about your doors and windows ruin it for you.
Take some time now to properly secure them will ensure you have an enjoyable vacation (and that your home is safe too).
And if you’d like to replace your old windows and doors with newer and stronger products, we can help.