A report from the United States Department of Justice showed that from 1993 to 2010, more crimes were committed in summer months compared to the rest (spring, fall, winter). More data has shown that even though there’s been a steady decrease in crime, there are still over 2.5 million burglaries a year, with only 13 percent of cases actually getting solved by the police.

Since we’re in the season of spring cleaning, why not get ready for summer too?

While sprucing up your home, you can also make it effectively safer in the long run. Conducting a home safety checklist is just one of the things that you can add to your spring cleaning routine. Consider it going Marie Kondo on your home with a special twist.

It’s time to make your home cleaner and safer for the rest of the year. Check out these handy home tips listed below, via Cornerstone Protection.

Double-Check Your Locks and Windows

Check the locks. Inspect the windows. These are just some of the basic things that can be done to ensure the safety of everyone in your home. If you can make sure every door and window can lock, you’re in a good place. But if need be, don’t be afraid to call a professional to replace any locks that aren’t working. Did you replace your locks when you moved in? If not, it’s never too late to take an extra step toward a safer home.

Exterior doors should always have deadbolts. Windows can get a second bolt installed for extra safety. No matter what, your windows and doors being properly locked should come first. If there’s a window or door that’s easier to break into, get it fixed as soon as possible.

Keep an Eye on Your Front Door

If you’re unable to see what’s going on from your front door, you might be interested in making that a little easier for you and anyone else in your home. If you don’t have a peephole, get one installed. If you can’t reach it, you could always go the high tech route. Consider installing a device like the SkyBell doorbell camera. Armed with HD video and two-way audio, the days of not knowing who is ringing your doorbell are long behind us.

Ensure Your Home is Secure From the Outside

The next step is to walk the exterior of the home. For example, if there are some bushes that get in the way of your viewpoint from the front door, consider getting them trimmed down or removed. If there’s an area of your yard with poor lighting, consider installing new systems to remedy the issue. Motion light systems can be especially helpful; if someone’s on your property that isn’t supposed to be, you’ll know very quickly with motion lights.

Stop Hiding Your Spare Key Outside Somewhere, Please

You’re not always going to be at your house. What happens if everyone’s away? Ensuring the safety of your home is a top priority. Sure you can hold your mail and be wary about social media posting so not just anybody can find out your whereabouts. And everyone wants to have a spare key available, but think about the safety first. Never hide a key outside. Always give it to a  trusted friend or neighbor.

Why Having a Comprehensive Security System Works

When all else fails, having a security system will always keep your home and the contents in it safe. Regularly testing your equipment isn’t strange, so get on it. If there are any upgrades you can add to your system and you have the means, go for it. You can’t regret making your home too safe. Smart security systems are only going to get better with the years. Investing in one could make a huge difference in your life.

No one ever wants to think about something unsafe happening to or in their home, but taking chances is not the way to go. Regularly review your home and your security measures to make sure you’ll be safe, and protect your home with Homeowners Insurance.

About Thayer Innes and Freeman Bunting Insurance Agencies

At Thayer-Innes Insurance Agency and Freeman Bunting Insurance Agency, we strive to provide comprehensive insurance solutions to support Ann Arbor homeowners. Our homeowners’ policies can be tailored to meet your specific risk exposures and provides much more coverage than a traditional policy, giving you the peace of mind you deserve. For more information about our products, contact us today at (855) 395-6316.