(BPT) - While summer is most looked forward to for warmer weather, more time spent outdoors and family vacations, when the weather heats up, burglaries and home invasions increase as well. It is essential that families and individuals learn to protect themselves and their homes from unwanted intruders. With burglaries taking place every 14.5 seconds across the U.S., according to American Police Beat, it is essential to no longer push home safety aside. Instead, be aware of the increased likelihood of a break-in and take preventative action.
Jennifer Cassetta, a nationally recognized martial arts and personal safety expert, encourages conversation, awareness and education surrounding the issues of home and personal safety.
'Unfortunately in today's society, break-ins and burglaries are something that people often feel invincible from, but also don't like to talk about. The simple fact is that with today's growing crime rates, it is more likely than we would like to think that something could happen to us,' says Cassetta. 'Because of this, it is essential that we don't walk around in fear but that we become educated, aware, and informed about our home and personal safety.'
As far as overall home protection, Cassetta recommends the SABRE Home Series, a new series that includes a wireless protection system as well as several standalone door and window alarms that are now available nationwide at Target stores. She believes that the line is not only effective in warding off intruders but with the easy DIY installation and affordable price points, it provides an approachable and effective means to superior home safety that is accessible to everyone.
In addition, families and individuals should consider the following steps to ensure their homes are as safe as possible:
* Today the tendency is to post all whereabouts on social media, including vacations. However, posting about summer vacations or utilizing any location-based apps on social media can alert potential burglars of a vacant house that will be safe and ideal for them to enter. Refrain from posting about whereabouts on the Internet until after returning home.
* With over 50 percent of intruders entering through first floor windows and back doors according to AsecureLife.com, it is crucial to be aware of vulnerable entry points throughout the home in order to protect them efficiently.
* Ensure your first floor windows and front door are completely visible from the street. Do not block them with trees, bushes, or plants so criminals can hide behind them while trying to gain access to your home.
Do you have home safety tips that have worked for you and your family? Share your advice on staying safe at home or while away via social media using the hashtag #SafeIsSmart. For every use of the #SafeIsSmart hashtag in June, SABRE will make a $1 donation to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).