Orangeville, ON (Harold Doan and Sons Ltd.) For many children, summer is the best time of the year. If you are a parent, summer presents more of a challenge.

Most parents find their days filled trying to organize activities and babysitters. As a result, many don’t take time to consider home security.

Make security a top priority to ensure that you and your children have a carefree summer. These reminders will help keep you, your family and your home safe.

1. Always Lock Up
It’s crucial that you don’t forget to lock up when heading out. According to statistics, crime usually goes up during the summer. If you hire someone to watch after your children, make sure they know how to secure your house. This includes all the doors and windows, garages and any other place someone may gain access to the home.

For even more protection, consider installing some of the security equipment listed here:

  • Door and window sensors
  • Smart locks
  • Video doorbell
  • Glass break detectors

Make sure your children know how to use all the equipment to keep them safe.

2. Check in Often
There are a few ways you can see what’s going on at your home during the summer, even while you are at work. Some of the most popular options include:

  • A surveillance system that provides real-time video streaming
  • A doorbell camera
  • Consider joining or starting a neighbourhood watch organization

3. Be Available
You need to make sure you are available if an emergency occurs. Have a phone with you. Your kids, their babysitters, neighbours and others will alert you if something is going on at your house while you are away.

When you take the time to secure your home, both you and your children can have a summer that’s more fun.