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Is your home ready for winter threats?

You have probably moved past the timed lighting systems and similar security tools needed to protect your home while you travel for the holidays. Now that winter is arriving in full force in many areas it may be time to shift gears away from holiday preparation to get ready for winter and the challenges it brings.

Dealing with winter-specific security concerns
There are a number of challenges brought on by winter weather, especially the cold. When it is cold outside everybody tries to move faster. When people open the front door they tend to rush in to get out of the cold. When they leave in the morning, they often rush to the car to get out of the frigid air as quickly as possible. While this is understandable, it also sets you up for risks. How often have you, in a rush, skipped a step in locking the house properly? Do you always lock the deadbolt when you leave on a snowy morning, or are you in too much of a hurry? These seem like simple issues to avoid, but it is not at all uncommon for people to leave locks open when it's cold out.

One solution is just to be more diligent and make sure all points of entry are locked, but it is not always that simple when extreme cold hits. Another solution could be a basic home automation system with an electronic lock. With such a system in place, you can just lock and unlock the door through your smartphone. Standing by the door shivering while you try to get the almost-frozen deadbolt to lock is no longer a problem with an electronic system that handles it for you, allowing you to deal with the inconveniences of winter without taking on risk.

Winter snow and ice can also increase the likelihood of fallen branches and trees falling through roofs or windows, creating an easy avenue for burglars trying to gain access to a home. A security camera system that alerts you when something unusual happens can help out here, notifying you when a window is broken or other problem arises so you can secure your property effectively.

A combination of advanced lock and camera systems can enable you to take more control over your home security when winter weather strikes. As a result, you can win the battle against mother nature, staying warm and cozy without creating extra risks around the house.

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