6 Tips to Secure Your House While Away on Vacation
by Keith Morris
Topic: Home Security
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Vacations are exciting events that many people save up for and look forward to for months. With the last-minute rushing around ensuring passports, sunblock, sunhats, and other essentials are all packed, it can be easy to forget about what you are leaving behind.
Putting security measures in place and keeping your home safe while on vacation ensures you can travel with confidence and put your mind at ease. Employing these six tips enables you to enjoy your time away and make the best memories you possibly can. After all, that’s what vacations are all about.
Double-Check Windows and Doors are Locked
Locking windows and doors may seem like an obvious part of leaving your home for a vacation; however, the excitement of going away sees many people forgetting to lock certain areas of their home.
With an estimated 32% of intruders breaking in through unlocked doors, it’s not worth the risk. Before you leave your house, ensure everyone goes around your property and checks every potential entry point, confirming that everything is firmly locked.
Note that windows are also weak points in homes, so it’s important to check the sturdiness of the locks, as burglars can still try and gain access, even on upper floors.
Installing glass break sensors linked to your home security system on all windows and doors is a great way to protect your home against burglary. If an intruder breaks the glass, the vibrations and sound trigger the alarm before they enter your home. If your system comes with a security monitoring service, the authorities will be sent to your house to ensure your property is safe.
Leave a Car in Your Driveway
This gives the illusion to burglars that someone is home, and it allows your neighbor to keep an eye on your property, too.
A vehicle in the driveway is an instant turn-off for burglars because it indicates that someone is inside the property. If you’re going away and you know your car won’t be on your drive, this empty space during the vacant period can provide burglars with the information they need to target your home for a break-in.
To avoid this clear indication of your absence, ask a neighbor if they wouldn’t mind parking in your drive while you’re away. This gives the illusion to burglars that someone is home, and it allows your neighbor to keep an eye on your property, too.
If you are not taking your car away on vacation, refrain from locking it in your garage. Instead, leave your locked vehicle on the drive in view for people to see. But ensure that any valuables are removed from the car before you leave, and hide the garage door opener in the glove compartment to prevent thieves from breaking into your car to get the opener and access your home through the garage door.
Clear Out Your Mailbox
An overflowing mailbox is an obvious sign that no one is home and hasn’t been for a while. If you know you are going away soon, ask a trusted neighbor or friend to collect your mail for you in your absence. This regular removal of post, ensures your mailbox is neat and tidy and doesn't show signs of vacancy.
If this isn’t possible, you can request a temporary mail hold until you return from your travels. If you are subscribed to magazines or other regular packages, you can pause these deliveries as well.
Use Lighting to Trick Intruders
A continually dark house advertises a potential opportunity for a break-in to burglars. Not only does it let them know the property is empty, but it also allows them to sneak in undetected by neighbors.
To protect and illuminate your home while you’re on vacation, install motion detector lights that activate if an intruder is in the vicinity of your property. You could also invest in some smart lights that can be set to turn on and off to a timer or be controlled remotely. Alternatively, purchase a faux TV light that emits a light that makes it seem like someone is inside watching TV.
Update Your Security System
If you already have a strong home security system, before you leave for your vacation, make sure that any cameras are in sight and obvious to potential burglars. Ensure you have enough cameras that will cover all areas of your property.
This prominent 24/7 surveillance is a major deterrent to criminals. Not only are they aware that their actions are going to be caught on camera, but they also know that many of these systems have features that can alert local authorities if there is a breach in security.
While these security systems are vital for the protection of your home, you should ensure they are programmed correctly before you go. If your system is monitored professionally, you should inform the company of your absence, so they are aware. This way, they can react accordingly in the event of a break-in or security breach.
Besides your security systems, ensure that your smoke detectors and any other alarms or features are on and in good working order before departing on your getaway.
If you don’t have a security system or any other smart features, at a minimum, you can hang up fake signs that will deter burglars.
Don’t Broadcast Your Vacation
Social media platforms add a new element to securing your home while going out of town. Though it might be tempting to post enviable vacation pics on your Instagram or Facebook accounts, doing so could alert criminals casing your property that your house is empty and an easy target. Save the pictures for after you get home, so you can keep your home secure and relive the happy memories.
If you can’t contain your excitement and feel compelled to share anything about your vacation online while you’re away, make use of privacy features like “close friends” on your Instagram stories or privacy functions on Facebook posts that limit who can see your content. That way, only a select group of people you trust can view your photos while you’re away.
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Make the Most of Your Vacation With These Security Tips
Keeping your home safe while on vacation is extremely important, which is why it is important to employ these security tips.
Reviewing each technique and ensuring it is implemented effectively will not only protect your home from intruders, but it will also allow you to relax, giving you peace of mind that you’ll return to your home exactly how you left it.
About the Author
Keith Morris is a 20+ year veteran of the security game, with the knowledge and experience to set you on the right track toward personal safety and security. His firm is committed to giving you the tools and know-how to combat any threat to your safety.
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