Before you hit the beach, head out on a road trip or get on that flight to an island far, far away, take some time to make sure your home is safe. Here are some tips to help keep your mind at ease while you are on vacation.
1. Make it look like you never left
A great way to deter home intruders is by using timers for lights in your home. Using a timer to turn your lights on and off throughout the day helps makes it appear as if people are home. Hiring a house or a pet sitter also helps make your house look lived in. In addition to taking care of pets and other things around the house, having someone entering and leaving your home throughout your vacation shows that your home is being taken care of to anyone that might be watching.
2. Stop mail & newspaper delivery
Nothing says “out of town” like a stuffed mail box and piles of newspapers at your front door. If your vacation lasts longer than a week, consider holding your mail and newspapers, or ask a friend or neighbor to pick them up for you.
3. Make sure all doors and windows are locked
Locking doors and windows might seem obvious, but is something that can be easily forgotten in the rush to leave. Take the time check all windows the night before and make sure all doors are locked before you head out.
4. Don’t share too much information
Be careful about sharing every detail of your vacation plans. Resist the urge to “check in” to places on social media. Someone might see your updates and decide to prey on your home.
5. Unplug your electronics
Unplugging your small appliances and electronics not only saves you money on your electricity bill, it also decreases the chances of a fire starting while you are away. Don’t forget to unplug your automatic garage door opener to prevent thieves from gaining access through your garage with a universal remote.
6. Remove your spare key
If you keep a spare key under a mat, flower pot or anywhere outside your home, remove it before you head out. Make it harder for those who are not supposed to be in your home to get in.
What do you do to keep your home safe while you’re on vacation? Let us know in the comments below!