Everyone loves going on vacation, but did you know that July and August (when many people take their vacations) is the most popular times for thieves to break in? When you are getting ready for that exciting adventure with your family, it is important to add protecting your home to your pre-vacation to-do list.
Protecting Your Home
No one wants to come home from a memorable vacation to find that someone broke in and stole their belongings. Here are eight great ways to help protect your home while you are on vacation, and help keep your mind at ease.
- Keep Quiet on Social Media
- Lock Those Doors
- Ditch the Spare Key
- Home Monitoring System
- Enlist Help from Friends or Neighbors
- Install Outdoor Sensor Lights
- Disconnect Your Garage Door
- Make it Look Like Someone’s Home
1) Keep Quiet on Social Media
Social media is a great tool for connecting with others, but don’t share your plans prior to your vacation. Sadly, thieves watch social media for clues and to find their next victims. Wait to post those awesome vacation photos after you return from your trip.
2) Lock it Up
Yes, it’s a no-brainer, but when you are scrambling to get out the door, it can be easy to overlook. Before leaving, go through the house and check every window and door and make sure they are locked. Statistics show that 30% of all burglars come through an unlocked window or door.
3) Ditch the Spare Key
Many people have a spare key hidden in a plant or somewhere else outside of their home. Remove this while you are on vacation. A seasoned criminal will seek these hidden keys out and use them. Give this key to a friend or neighbor while you are gone, in case they need to get inside your house for any reason.
4) Home Monitoring System
One of the number one ways to protect your home while on vacation is to get a home monitoring system. Homes without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into. These days there are so many to choose from and some of them even let you view what is happening remotely from your own cell phone.
5) Enlist Help from Friends or Neighbors
Enlisting the help of a friend or neighbor can help keep your home safe while you are on vacation. Have them stop by every day or two to turn off or on the lights, collect packages left at the front door, water plants, or anything else to make it seem like someone is there.
6) Install Outdoor Sensor Lights
Outdoor sensor lights are a great deterrent for thieves–whether you are home or not. These motion activated lights help illuminate any wrong-doers and hopefully deter them completely. There are many on the market these days and most are pretty affordable.
7) Disconnect Your Garage Door
Criminals are not dumb and they are learning that some garage doors can be opened with a universal remote! Be sure to disconnect your garage door while you are away and make sure it is manually locked for the duration of your vacation. Click To Tweet If your garage door is broken, be sure to have it repaired by a professional garage door repair company prior to leaving.
8) Make it Look Like Someone’s Home
Criminals are less likely to rob your home if it looks like someone is there. Most thieves strike when people are gone from the home–when you are at work or on vacation. As mentioned above, it is imperative that you have a friend or neighbor look over your house and make frequent visits to make it look like someone is at home.
Be at Ease on Your Next Vacation
Don’t wind up a statistic and be sure to take the necessary precautions to help protect your home while you are away enjoying your vacation.
Contact us to learn more about how you can better protect your home while you are on vacation.