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6 Ways to Upgrade Your Home Security Before Summer Vacation

Want to reduce your chances of being a victim of crime while you’re away on summer vacation? Here are six ways to upgrade your home security.

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Make It Easier to Find Peace of Mind While You’re on Vacation

Besides winter’s big holidays, summer vacation is probably the thing most households look forward to most. And why not? Everybody wants to get away from the workplace, the bills, the neighbors, even if it’s just for a week. But, during that week away, your home is left unprotected and if you don’t have a good security system in place, it could leave you open to becoming the victim of theft.

Luckily, there are some things you can do to protect your home while you’re away. Here are six ways to upgrade your home security before your summer vacation.

ways to Upgrade Home Security Before Vacation

#1: Schedule Your Lights

Having lights on in the home is one of the most effective ways to keep burglars at bay. But, in order for burglars to think someone’s home, the lights can’t stay on all of the time. This is where having a smart home comes in handy.

Smart home technology makes it easy to control your home’s lights from anywhere in the world from your smartphone or tablet as long as you have an Internet connection. But, even if your home isn’t equipped with state-of-the-art smart home technology, there are still options available to you. All you need are some smart Wi-Fi plugs, like those from TP-Link. Just put a few around the home, plug your lamps into them, and set a schedule from your phone.

Here’s a tip – when you schedule the turn-off times, stagger each light’s turn-off so it appears as if someone is walking through the home turning off the lights as they’re heading to bed, and make the bedroom the last light to go out.

ways to Upgrade Home Security Before Vacation

#2: Keep a Car in the Driveway

According to SimpliSafe.com, most burglaries occur between the hours of 10am and 3pm. This is because burglars know the chances of someone not being home during these hours are good, especially if there are no cars in the driveway.

So whenever possible, try to keep at least one car parked in the driveway while you’re away on summer vacation. Most burglars don’t spend too long contemplating whether a home is worth breaking in to, and even simply giving the impression that someone is home is often enough to make them look elsewhere.


#3: Post Security System Notices

Even if your home isn’t equipped with a security system, just making a burglar think you have one is often enough to keep them out. So, shop online for security system signs or decals that you can post around your property. Keep them up all year around because believe it or not, the burglar who is targeting your home will usually be someone who lives in your community, so don’t wait until right before you leave to put up the signs because they’ll notice.

#4: Install Motion-Detector Lights at Key Points of Entry

Motion detector lights are inexpensive and relatively easy to install, and they work very well at keeping thieves away from your home. Install the lights at the most common entry points for burglars, which include the front and back doors, near first floor windows, the garage, the basement, and any other unlocked entrances.


#5: Install Video Camera Surveillance

If your budget supports it, you should have video camera surveillance equipment installed at key entry points as well. But, even if you don’t have the money to shell out on such an extensive system, you can still make your home more secure by using a more affordable DIY version of a home security system using a couple of old webcams and your PC.


#6: Ask Trusted Neighbors for Help

Keeping your home safe from burglars is easier when you have others helping out. So, talk it over with your most trusted neighbors and come up with a system that works for you.

For instance, have a neighbor mow your lawn while you’re away so it doesn’t grow too long. Have them grab your mail for you (if you didn’t notify the post office to hold it first). Have your neighbor bring your trash cans to the curb on trash day and bring them up once it’s collected. If you get a daily paper delivered, make sure you stop delivery or have your neighbor pick up your paper so they don’t start collecting on your stool.

ways to Upgrade Home Security Before Vacation

Summer vacation is meant to be a time for relaxation, so we can return to work rejuvenated and recharged for making it through the rest of the year. But, it can be hard to relax if you’re worried about your home being burgled while you’re away. So don’t risk it; just try the above six tips and you’ll be able to put that worry out of your mind so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

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Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.

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