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5 Easy Tips – Keep Your Chicago Home Safe This Summer

Date : July 14, 2010

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We all know that summer brings Chicago higher temperatures and more humidity, but did you realize that it also creates a surge in the home invasion rate? Summer is a time when many people grow lax about securing doors and windows, resulting in easier access for thieves.

Keeping that in mind, here are 5 Easy Tips to help you keep your home safe this summer.

Tip #1 – Make sure your exterior doors are solid-core and fit solidly in the frame without exposed hinges.

Tip #2 – Utilize vertical boltss in window and glass door tracks and further secure the track by laying a metal or wooden dowel in it.

Tip #3 – Any time you move, change the locks and install a new deadbolt and strike plate with extra-long screws.

Tip #4 – Evaluate your windows, fire escape, patio and balcony and make necessary changes to make sure they are not an easy point of access.

Tip # 5 – Compile a list of valuables and video or photograph items for insurance purposes. Place your most valued items in a secure place and keep only your daily jewelry in your jewelry box.

Hopefully being aware and having these tips will assist you in keeping you and your home safe this summer. Make it a great one!

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