Are you heading out on a summer vacation and are excited about the prospect of getting away and leaving all your stress behind? Who doesn’t look forward to a summer vacation, let’s face it you’ve probably worked for months if not more to earn it. Unfortunately, criminals are well aware of just how popular summer vacations are, and they can be casing neighborhoods and homes waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. They can watch homeowners’ patterns and know when the house is sitting empty so they can get in and out without anyone noticing.
If you want to be able to enjoy your summer vacation without worrying about the security of your home, then you’re going to want to use these tips. This is how you can secure your home when going on summer vacation.
Are All Window and Door Locks in Good Working Condition?
There’s nothing worse than leaving the window and door locks in disrepair as these are the kinds of signs that criminals know to look for. If they find a window where the lock is already broken and not working properly, then you’ve given them an easy entry point. It’s always a good idea to take the time to do a walk around the outside and inside of the home, checking all locks and ensuring there is no damage.
Should you find a lock that isn’t working properly or is broken completely, it’s best to call a professional locksmith to either repair or replace it.
Don’t Make It Obvious That You’re Away:
You don’t want to make it obvious you’re away with all the lights off at all times. This is when smart home features like smart lights can be very handy. You can program different lights to come on at different times, this will give the illusion that people are home and there isn’t a steady pattern that a criminal can pick up on.
Ask a Neighbor or Friend to Pick Up Your Mail:
Depending on how long you’ll be gone, the mail and newspapers can start to pile up in front of your house. This acts as a tip-off that you’re not home. It is recommended you ask a neighbor or friend to pop by and pick up your mail at least once or twice if you’re gone for a week, and more if you’re gone longer.
Consider Installing a Home Alarm System:
Home alarm systems can provide you with that extra layer of protection while you’re on holiday, especially if you choose a system with cameras installed. You’ll be able to check in on your home remotely while on holiday, making sure all is safe and sound. These systems also alert you the moment a door is opened, and many can also monitor windows being opened or glass breaking.
Keep in mind there are different types of alarm systems, some are self-monitored which means it’s up to you to check for alerts, and then there are those with around-the-clock professional monitoring by the alarm center. Should they see a break-in or suspicious activity they can contact the police on your behalf.
These are great to have at the front and even the rear of your house as they alert you on your smartphone as soon as someone approaches your house. You can talk with the visitor via your smartphone to ensure they are a legitimate visitor. If they aren’t you can take action from that point from wherever you are on holiday.
Whilst not specifically related to physically or electronically securing your home, you should not share details of your holidays or effectively advertise the fact that your home is empty on social media. That goes for all adults and kids in the house.
If you have questions on how to best secure your house when going on summer vacation give us a call any time and we’re happy to provide you with advice. Contact us at 305-984-9922.