Vacation Without Worries
Ensure Your Home Is Safe While You’re Away
Summer is here and that usually means your long-awaited vacation is rapidly approaching. But your vacation may provide an opportunity for a burglar to target your home while you’re away. To avoid worrying about your home becoming an easy target for criminals, there are a few simple steps you can take before you leave to protect your home and your belongings.
Lock your house
In the frenzy of packing and rushing out the door to leave for vacation, it is often the simple things that get overlooked. Double check to make sure all your exterior doors and windows are locked and secure.
Advanced: A home security system that can alert police and fire in case of a break in or another emergency is a great way to protect your home and belongings whether you are home or not. Consider a security system with exterior video cameras. There are many affordable security camera options on the market today and most give you the ability to remotely access video from your phone. Being able to see a live video that shows your home is safe and secure can provide you with an additional piece of mind while you’re away.
You don’t need to hire someone to stay and stand guard over your home while you’re on vacation, but it is a good idea to ask a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member to check up on your home and be your eyes and ears while you’re away. Make sure they’re aware of how long you’ll be gone and that they have a way to contact you in case of emergency. Also, having someone who will pick up your mail makes it less obvious that someone isn’t home.
Advanced: If you’re driving to your vacation, consider having your house sitter park their car in your driveway to give the impression that someone is home.
Someone who wants to break into your home does not want to be seen. Having proper outdoor lighting may deter someone from trying to break in at night.
Advanced: Consider timed indoor and outdoor lighting that can give your home a “lived-in look” which can deter burglars.
Hide the good stuff
If someone cannot see items worth stealing from outside your home, they are less likely to make the effort of breaking in. In the event someone does break in, having valuables hidden or locked in a safe makes their job far more difficult. Keep in mind most burglars will search bedrooms and home offices because that is where most people tend to hide their things. Moving and hiding valuables to a different location in the home is never a bad idea.
Advanced: Consider taking the extra step of removing valuable or meaningful items from the home all together. Give them to a trusted friend or family member to look after while you’re away or place items in a safe deposit box. A burglar cannot steal what isn’t there.
Garages are one of the easiest points of entry on most homes. If you have an automatic garage door opener, unplug it while you are away and manually lock the garage from the inside with the padlock.
Advanced: Nowadays, thieves do not need to gain entry to your home to steal from you. Having access to your home network can give someone the information they need to steal your identity. Consider unplugging your internet and WIFI connections while you are away to prevent someone from accessing your personal information from outside your home. *Keep in mind that if your home security system is reliant on your home internet connection DO NOT disable your home network.
Social Media Awareness
Advertising vacation plans on social media, whether you do it before or during your trip, can make your home a target for criminals. This doesn’t mean you cannot share your amazing vacation photos on social media, but consider waiting until after you’re back home to post them.
Advanced: Adjust your privacy settings on your social media accounts to only share what you post with trusted friends and family. This is just another way to prevent someone who might want to break into your house from knowing that you’ll be away from home for a week or more.
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