If you’ve decided to take a vacation, one of the things that people often don’t think about until the last minute is the security of their home. When you’re on vacation, the last thing you’d want to worry about is whether or not your home is secure. To be on the safe side and to put your mind at ease, check out the following tips that’ll help to give you peace of mind and will prevent any burglaries from occurring at your home.
Keep Your Alarm / Security System On
If you don’t have one already, you should. Making sure that your alarm system is on when you’re gone will be extremely beneficial, as any attempted break-ins will immediately be reported to your security company who will, in turn, contact the local police. If you have a home automation system, you can program it so that your television and/or lights go on every now and then, all of which will give the illusion that you are home.
Don’t Make It Public Knowledge
Sure, you can tell some of your friends and relatives that you’re going on vacation, but there is absolutely no need to broadcast it to everyone that you may know. Don’t use your social media accounts to let everyone know about it. If you do, make sure that the settings are so that only your friends can see your status or your tweet. You don’t want the wrong people seeing it and getting certain ideas into their heads.
Make Sure Your Property Is Maintained
You don’t want your home to seem “un-lived in.” So, before you go on vacation, mow your lawn if it’s during the summer or clear the driveway if it’s during the winter. If you’re planning on being away for an extended period of time, you can always hire someone to do this for you at set dates. In addition, if you anticipate some snowfall, make an arrangement with someone that you trust or a company to clear your driveway.
Have the Post Office Hold Your Mail
This also includes informing the newspaper publication to stop delivering newspapers during this time. By having the post office hold your mail when you’re away, no mail will build up, meaning that not only will people not think that you’re away, but any mail with sensitive information won’t wind up in the wrong hands.
Hire Someone to Check on Your Home
You don’t necessarily have to hire someone. You could also have your neighbor check on things at times, even if it’s just a quick walk around the property to see if everything is the way that it should be. If you really trust your neighbor, give them a spare key to the house and have the person check inside of it a few times. If you want to hire a house sitter, you can do that as well. However, you really need to make sure that you trust them fully first. You should also make sure that they have your contact information while you’re away in case they need to get in touch with you.
Be sure to use common sense with everything. Some things that shouldn’t have to be explained are to make sure that you don’t have any valuable items in plain sight from the outside of the house (which is why you should close the curtains, for example) and to also make sure that every window and door is locked. Follow the above tips, and enjoy your vacation!