Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re on Vacation
You’re busy planning the perfect family vacation, packing, and finding someone to water your plants. During this flurry of activity, it is critical to ensure that your home and belongings are safe while you’re away enjoying your much-needed vacation. Luckily, there are several ways you can make it more difficult for burglars to target your home. Here are a few simple ways for you to prevent your home from being burglarized while you’re on a family vacation.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
If you’re new to the neighborhood, or simply like to keep to yourself, it’s time to break out of your shell and get to know the people on your block. Your neighbors can help keep an eye out on your house and even make it look like you’re home, even if you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away.
For example, ask your neighbors to take out your trash, and bring the can back to its original spot. This action will give the illusion that you are at home performing your normal routine. If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, ask your neighbor to keep grass cut and, if necessary, pick up your mail and morning newspaper.
However, one of the best ways to utilize your friendly neighbors is to ask them to keep a watchful eye over your home. If your neighbor notices anything suspicious, or sees someone attempting to break into your home, ask them to call the authorities right away.
Use Social Media Carefully
You’ve been planning this special trip for weeks, and you cannot wait to share your excitement with your friends through social media. Unfortunately, an innocent comment about your vacation plans can place your home and belongings in danger.
Just like your friends and family, burglars also scour the popular social media websites in search of families who are posting their vacation plans online. Instead, share your plans face-to-face or over the phone. Ask your loved ones to keep this information to themselves—and to especially avoiding mentioning the vacation on social media.
Once you are safely home, go ahead and share all the pictures and videos of your adventures on social media.
Invest in a Home Security System
Whether you’re going on a short family trip for a few days or are enjoying an extended vacation in a foreign land, one of the most effective ways to keep your home safe is to invest in a home security system. Before you assume these monitoring systems are out of your budget, it’s important to learn that often it will only cost you a few dollars a month to keep your home safe.
Here are a few points to keep in mind while shopping around for a home monitoring service:
- Learn about the different features available. From motions sensors and magnetic window and door contacts to a pressure mat for your front door that triggers if someone steps on it, there are several features available through most home monitoring and security system companies.
- Ask for an in-home consultation. The best way to determine your unique needs is to ask for an in-home consultation. The technician can help determine vulnerable areas in your home and make recommendations to help you choose a system that works for your needs and budget.
- Wireless vs hardwired systems. One of the biggest decisions you will make is whether to install a hardwired or wireless system. A wireless system is often more expensive but much easier to install and maintain. A hardwired system is more cost-effective, but the installation might be tricky.
In addition to ensuring your house is safe while you’re on vacation, a security system can also protect you and your family while you’re at work or enjoying a family dinner at home.
Taking a few extra steps and watching what you post on social media can help protect your home while you’re on vacation. If you have any further questions about home security systems, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at SleepWell Security.