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How To Protect Your Home Over the Summer Months

Summertime in Florida means many things to many people. To some, it might mean taking a long-deserved vacation to escape that summer heat about ready to pour in. Perhaps a refreshing trip to a more temperate climate might be in your plans. Or maybe it might be a time to revisit those plans to do some house cleaning, general upkeeping like a fresh coat of paint, installing a security alarm system or maybe even a garage sale or two. But, if you are getting ready to take a vacation for an extended weekend, a few precious days or a long period of time, there are some things you should consider doing if you want to optimize your home’s security protection for any size dwelling; house, cottage, apartment or condo. The last thing you want to worry about is any type of home invasion, burglary or even squatters having access to your home. That would mean disaster, and it could occur if you do not take the necessary steps to ensure you are protected.

At ESI, Emergency Systems Inc. we have witnessed first-hand the increase in home invasions over the summer months. It has been our business to protect homes from becoming the next target and another statistic in an ever-increasing crime spree sweeping our nation.

Soft targets like uninhabited homes are easy prey for would-be criminals. They occur while you are not there to protect what matters most.

For over 40 years, ESI has been a commercial and residential security and fire alarm company serving the needs of North Florida residents. Protecting your home while you’re away for a summer vacation is essential for peace of mind. We believe there are specific steps you can take as a homeowner to protect your home if you become absent for a time. Here’s a checklist to ensure your home stays safe:

Invest in A Smart Security System: At ESI we have the proven experience to design, install and monitor a Smart Security and Fire Alarm System second to none. These state-of-the-art systems are both expandable and affordable and gives you control over all elements from wherever there is cellular service. Installing a home security system, with many features such as motion detectors, cameras, etc. and professional monitoring will safeguard your property. ESI’s modern systems allow remote access, so you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere.

Secure All Entry Points: Double-check all windows, doors, and garage entrances to ensure they are locked securely. Consider installing deadbolts or smart locks for added security. Security Alarm Systems work in tandem with all locking mechanisms.

Lighting Control: Use timers or smart bulbs to schedule lights to turn on and off at different times, giving the impression that someone is home.

Hold Mail and Packages: Contact your local post office to hold your mail and packages, or arrange for a trusted neighbor to collect them for you. A pile of mail is a clear sign that no one is home.

Inform Trusted Neighbors: Let your neighbors know you’ll be away and ask them to keep an eye on your property. They can report any suspicious activity to you or the authorities. Never post your absence on social media outlets, never.

Unplug Electronics: To prevent electrical fires and save energy, unplug non-essential electronics and appliances. It is important to note that in Florida electrical storms and lightning are quite common during the summer months. It might be a good idea to take expensive electrical components offline and unplugged if you plan on being gone for any length of time.

Landscaping Maintenance: Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, water your plants, and maintain your yard to give the appearance that someone is still home.

Secure Valuables: Store valuable items such as jewelry, electronics, and important documents in a secure safe or safety deposit box.

Social Media Caution: It’s worth mentioning again. Avoid posting about your vacation on social media until you return. Broadcasting your absence can make your home a target for burglars.

Emergency Contact Information: Leave emergency contact information with a trusted friend or family member in case of any issues.

Temperature Control: Set your thermostat to a temperature that will prevent damage from extreme heat or cold, but won’t waste energy.

Check Insurance Coverage: Review your home insurance policy to ensure you have adequate coverage for theft, damage, and other potential issues while you’re away.

Invest in Professional Monitoring: The largest drawback to stand-along security alarm systems, installing DIY non-commercial grade components, front door cameras, is the lack of professional monitoring taking place 24/7. At ESI we have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in our central monitoring center manned by highly trained and experienced security alarm technicians. When trouble occurs, we are on it immediately.

By taking these precautions, you can enjoy your summer vacation with peace of mind, knowing that your home is secure.

Give ESI a call today at 904-388-3975 and speak to one of our security alarm technicians. There are no high-pressure salesmen or telephone solicitors. We love what we do and it shows every day. If you are a first-responder, active or former military personnel or are in the medical field, doctor, nurse, EMT, medical tech etc. we have discounts plans available for you. Ask about our prices and systems or visit our website @ GetEsi.Com for more information.