According to the U.S. Department of Justice, household crime rates tend to be 11% higher during the summer months than during the winter. Additionally, home intrusions are more likely to happen through entry points in the backyard.

Smart home security systems have made it easier to monitor your home and protect your family. Below, we provide you with a list of home security system equipment that can help keep your backyard safe this summer.

1. Strategically Place Video Surveillance

Outdoor video surveillance provides backyard monitoring to prevent an intrusion before it happens. It can also be helpful in monitoring your children’s safety when they are at play. Place cameras to record at-risk locations, and then retrieve footage at any time:

  • Basement windows.
  • Entrances to your home.
  • Garage.
  • Pool area.

Position cameras where they are covert, yet still able to monitor activity at a wide angle.

2. Position Sensors at Points of Entry

Sensors can trigger audible alarms to ward off intruders and smartphone alerts to notify you of suspicious activity. Enhance home security with the following sensors:

  • Glass-breaking detectors. These sensors should be placed near glass doors or windows to detect if an intruder has shattered or broken them.
  • Motion sensors. These sensors should be placed higher up to detect movement, and alert you of any intruders or unusual activity.
  • Window and door contacts. These sensors should be placed at the base of doors and windows to detect when they are opened and closed.

Make sure to position sensors in places where children, non-threatening moving objects or pets are least likely to trigger false alarms.

3. Install Smart Lights

Smart lights can enhance your home security system by providing an additional level of security around your house’s exterior. Homes with well-lit entry points and very few hiding places are less likely to be targeted by burglars.

When installing smart lights around your backyard, consider these areas:

  • Above entry points, such as doors.
  • Decks.
  • Over walkways.
  • Patios.
  • Pool area.

Lights can also be paired with motion sensors, or programmed to turn on and off based on pre-set schedules.

4. Take Additional Precautions

In addition to incorporating home security system equipment, there are several other ways to lower the chances of a home break-in. Some suggested ways to secure your yard include:

  • Keep supplies, such as ladders, garbage cans and tools, out of sight to avoid assisting an intrusion.
  • Maintain the landscape to eliminate potential hiding places or access to upper-level windows.
  • Secure windows with locks and coverings to protect your privacy.

How would your family benefit from using a home security system this summer? Share in the comment section below.