Protect Your Home Before Traveling with These 10 Tips



There are a lot of things that need to be taken care of before going away on vacation, but a top priority for homeowners should be keeping burglars out of your house! We have 10 tips that you can use to keep your house safe from potential burglars and actually enjoy your getaway. 

1. Double check your windows and doors

We already lock our doors and windows when we leave the house for the day, so it should be a no-brainer to make sure they’re locked when you’re on vacation. This should include second story windows, windows in the basement and garage, and other access points.

2. Stop mail and paper delivery

If you’ll be away for more than a few days, contact your post office and ask them to hold your mail until you return. You’ll also want to do this for the newspaper. If you worry that you’ll forget to restart service, you could ask a neighbor, friend, or family member to come by and pick up your mail or newspaper for you.

3. Install a security system

A security system has come a long way over the years and now they are compatible with smart devices. By installing a security system, you’re able to keep an eye on your home 24/7 and it will still alert the authorities of a break-in. Installing a security system could also increase your home’s value, depending on the system.

4. Hire someone to do yard work while you’re away

If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, you may want to hire someone to cut the grass while you’re away, as it gives off the illusion that someone is, in fact, home.

5. Light timers are your best friend

When there are lights on in the home, it looks like someone is at home. We recommend installing timers on lights, televisions, and radios throughout your house. When you leave, set the timers to make the appliances come on around the same time you’d use them in your daily routine.

6. Leave a vehicle in the driveway

If you have more than one car, leave it in the driveway. This will add to the appearance that someone is at home.

7. Remove the hide-a-key

Hiding a spare key somewhere near a door is great for emergencies, but they aren’t so great when you’re on vacation because some ne’er-do-well person could come by, find the key and go about ransacking the house!

8. Be mindful of social media

Leading up to (and during) your vacation, you should resist the urge to talk about it online – at least until you get back. You never know who’s using social media to plan out their next target! 

9. Lock up small valuables

It’s fine to leave your small valuables where they are if you’re only going to be gone for a few days, but if it’s going to be an extended vacation, we recommend locking them up in a safe or at the very least hiding them in a secure closet. 

10. Have someone house-sit for you

The easiest way to protect your house while you’re away, in our opinion, is to have a trusted friend or family member house-sit for you. By doing this, you don’t have to worry about the mail, yardwork, or hiding your small valuables. You can go on your vacation, enjoy every moment of it, and not stress about whether you locked the doors or if you remembered to set the security alarm.

Doesn’t it feel like there’s an ever growing list of things that we have to worry about as the year goes on? It’s no wonder that when vacation time approaches, we get so giddy we can hardly contain ourselves! However, when it comes to protecting your home from burglars, you’ll want to make sure you have your wits about you and you don’t forget a single thing.

So while you’re going over your final preparations, make sure to print out this list and go over these safety measures as well!



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