It’s easy to forget about protecting your home while you’re way amid all the excitement of vacation planning and packing. Here are a few tips to help you keep your home safe while you’re sipping a cool, blended drink on the beach. (Pina Colada, anyone?)
Ask a Friend to Look After Your Place…
If it can be helped, don’t leave your home completely unattended. Ask a friend, family member or neighbour to check in regularly. Among other things, they can keep up with a minimum amount of home maintenance (if you’ll be away for an extended period) and even check to make sure your faucets haven’t frozen over, a real issue in many colder climates.
Plus, if potential burglars see someone visiting regularly, chances are they won't risk a break in.
Try to Make your Home Look Lived in…
Part of the reason you want to have someone check on your property regularly is so you make it appear like you’re home. The absolute best deterrent for burglars.
Other things you can do to make your home appear lived in include purchasing an automatic light switch that turns your lights on and off at preset times and also leaving your curtains how you normally have them. It may be your first instinct to keep them closed to keep your valuables hidden, but this can be a solid indicator to potential burglars that the owners aren’t home.
Stop your mail…
Nothing shouts "the owner’s are away on vacation!" like a large pile of unopened mail and newspapers on the front stoop. If you can, cancel or redirect all incoming mail for a the limited amount of time while you’re away. Alternately, if you have someone checking up on your place, you can have them regularly retrieve mail so that it doesn’t pile up.
Don’t broadcast your Travel Plans…
This is probably the single most important measure you can take to protect your home and also the hardest. This means refraining from posting your extensive travel plans through Facebook and Twitter. I know it’s hard and you want to share your exciting travel plans but potential criminals may be monitoring social media.
Also, try not to go overboard while talking about travel plans to friends, family or acquaintances, you never know who might overhear your conversation.
And that’s it! Keep these simple tips in mind and you can have a fun holiday, safe in the knowledge that your home will be just as you left it when you return.
"This may seem obvious, but make sure to bring in that spare key. Give it to a friend, neighbour or relative; under the mat is the first place home intruders will look!"