One of the keys to enjoying a vacation is knowing that your home is safe and secure. It can be very hard to concentrate on having a good time when you are concerned about break-ins and fires back at home. Here are some steps that you can take to protect your home as much as possible even when you aren’t around.
1. Get a house sitter: By far, the best way to protect your home is by having a trusted friend or family member who can live in the house while you are away. If you have pets, they can take care of them at the same time. There are also house sitting services that will do this for a fee, but you have to be sure that you trust them.
2. Have the post office hold your mail: The last thing you want to worry about is someone getting your mail and reading your personal information. You can fill out a form to have the post office hold your mail for up to 30 days if needed.
3. Stop the newspaper: Letting newspapers pile up on your driveway is a sure sign to a thief that you are not at home. Stop the service while you are on vacation to take away that tell tale clue.
4. Get someone to check: If no one can house sit for you, at least ask neighbors to keep an eye out for you. Make sure to give them your contact number in case they see anything strange going on. Ask them to call the police if they see anything of great concern.
5. Use timers: One great way to make people think you are home at night is by using timers on the lights. You could have a specific lamp turn on at dusk and turn off at day break.
6. Use a landscaping service: If you are going to be gone for a long time, make sure to hire someone to take care of the lawn. An un-manicured lawn can alert burglars that you are nowhere to be found.
7. Lock everything: Make sure that you double check all doors and windows before you leave for your trip. Don’t give thieves easy access!
8. Keep quiet: Refrain from telling people the details of your trip on social media sites or on your voice mail. Don’t announce to the world that you are leaving and won’t be back for days.
9. Get unplugged: Make sure to unplug all of your electronics before you leave. That will help to alleviate any worries that you are using up unnecessary power or that there is a risk of fire.
10. Invest in a security system: Another great idea is to purchase a home security system that will protect your property while you are away. It can be set up to alert authorities if anything strange appears to be going on at your house.
Protecting your home while you are away can be done in a variety of ways from working with friends and neighbors to using high tech gadgets to guard your house. Use more than one tactic, and you are sure to have a much more peaceful vacation!
Visit the Brown Safe website for more information on securing your valuables and keeping your home safe