Vacations are supposed to be fun, but there are inherently stresses that come along with it. One of those is worrying about home security while on vacation. Empty homes can be a target for burglars. Here are eleven tips for home security while on vacation.
11 Tips For Home Security While On Vacation
- Don’t post on social media – In today’s connected society we are always trying to share the “fun” aspects of our lives on social media. You may want to reconsider posting about vacation plans though. Announcing you will be away from home or posting pictures from your vacation can alert potential burglars. Let’s be honest, how well do you know those 500-1,000 friends? It’s better to be safe than sorry. Just post your fun photos when you get home!
- Check exterior lights before leaving – Take some time to walk the exterior of your house both during the day and at night to make sure nothing is alarming. Specifically look to make sure that all exterior lights including motion sensor and timed lights are working.
- Do not leave a hide-a-key – Have you ever seen all those clever tricks on Pinterest for where to hide your key? Well so have the burglars. If possible leave a key with a neighbor or family member. If you have multiple people checking your house, consider getting a key lock box. Here is one from Master, a reputable lock company.
- Have Post Office hold mail – When mail is bursting out of your mailbox or piling up on your doorstep, its a sign to would-be intruders. It also increases the chances of mail theft. Make sure you reach out to the post office and ask them to hold your mail. They will do it for up to 30 days.
- Turn off your alarm clock – It’s convenient when your alarm goes off regularly for you but it can also be a security risk. To improve home security while traveling make sure it is turned off so that it isn’t sounding without you there to turn it off.
- Use interior light timers – It is a good idea to invest in some timers for your interior lights. You can program them to turn on and off to appear as if you are home. There are even inexpensive timers that can be programed for seven different days. Check out this one on Amazon from Century. It as dual outlets to control multiple lights.
- Have a friend check on house – If you have plants or animals that need to be checked on this will probably be a top priority. Even if you don’t though, you should consider asking a friend to check in on things. They can ensure no flyers are building up at your front door and check on the status of the home. Leave a good number when you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Cut grass right before you leave – You want to make sure your house looks lived in. Overgrown grass or a yard covered in leaves can indicate that no one has been home to take care of it.
- Leave blinds and curtains at a normal level – Your instincts may tell you to close the blinds so no one can see that you aren’t there. Unfortunately, this can make your house look “shut up” as if no one were home. If you usually leave them partially open, then keep them that way.
- Make sure valuables are not visible from doors or windows – Since you will be leaving blinds and curtains open, it’s best to make sure that no valuables can be seen from outside. For example, make sure your watch or iPad isn’t sitting on the end table.
- Take GPS out of your car at airport – Here is one I never considered until I read it somewhere. Thieves target cars at airports because they know the owners are traveling. If you leave your GPS in the car it can tell the burglar where you live.
Remember, you want your vacation to be relaxing. The last thing you need is to worry about, or even worse come home to, a burglarized house. All it takes is a little extra preparation and you can ensure home security while on vacation.
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