Protect Your Home While You Are On Vacation
February 11th, 2019
We all need a vacation from life sometimes. We work hard and deserve to take a break and relax. However, nothing will ruin your relaxation than learning that while you were away, your home has been burglarized and your hard-earned valuables are gone. While possessions may have sentimental meaning and it is hard to lose them, there is nothing worse than the feeling of being violated and the stress of feeling unsafe at home. However, you can reduce this risk. Before leaving on vacation, there are some measures you can take to keep your possessions safe.
Secure Your House
While it seems to be common sense to lock the door, if you are loading up, getting the kids in the car, and organizing, it is often easy to forget something that simple. Before leaving, follow this easy checklist to make sure everything is secure:
- Lock deadbolts as well as doors.
- Lock the garage door.
- Don’t leave your spare key out. Burglars know all the hiding places.
- Stash all your valuables in a safe. If you don’t have a home safe, purchase one beforehand.
- Place all valuable papers in a safety deposit box.
- Leave the blinds open. You don’t want people to think the home is empty.
- Install timers that randomly turn on lights throughout the house.
Recruit Your Neighbors
Another idea is to speak to your neighbors before you leave. Who can keep a better eye on your place than your neighbor? Let them know you are on vacation and ask them to keep an eye on the place. If you have family close by ask them to come out and check your home every so often. Here are some other ideas:
- Hire someone to mow the driveway or shovel the yard while you are gone
- Get someone to take your trash to the curb and collect your mail
- Have a neighbor park their car in your driveway
- Alert the neighborhood watch if you have one
Be Careful On Social Media
Social media is a gold mine for burglars. Thieves troll social media websites looking for safe places to break into every day. They will search for posts about people taking vacations and target their homes. Before posting anything, make sure to follow these rules:
- Do not post upcoming travel plans on social media websites
- Don’t post status updates about your trip
- Wait to post your vacation photos to social media when you are back home
- Don’t tag others that are vacationing with you. You are also making them vulnerable by posting their current location.
Invest In A Security System
These tips are very helpful at reducing risk, but nothing will keep your home safer while you are away than a home security system. A home security system not only acts a deterrent, keeping criminals away, but in cases when they do break in, they can alert the authorities right away. Nowadays, home security systems even come with remote access. Meaning you can login into your home security system from anywhere that has internet. These systems will even send you alerts if something is happening, so you can check on your home.
These tips will help keep your home safe while you are away, so you can just relax and enjoy your well-earned vacation.