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Home Security Tips While Away on Vacation

Heading out on a road trip? Planning a romantic getaway with your significant other? No matter what type of vacation you’re planning, these tips can help you keep your home safe and secure while you’re away.

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A dark, empty home with no cars in the driveway and a pile of newspapers piled on the front stoop just screams; nobody is home! If you were a home burglar on the lookout for an easy mark, this would be your house of choice. We’ve got some easy and cost-effective tips that can help make your home look lived-in, even while you are away.

Ask Someone to Keep an Eye on Things

Have a friend look in on your home when you’re away.

If you have family nearby or neighbors that you trust, you can ask them to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. They can drop by your home at random times, giving observers the impression that your home is occupied. They can help secure your home by:

  • Turning your lights on and off
  • Collecting newspapers and mail
  • Watering your lawn
  • Collecting package deliveries
  • Contacting you in case of emergencies

Be sure to leave your friend or neighbor with your emergency contact information, in case you’re out of the country and difficult to reach.

Lock It Down

This might seem obvious to you, but the most important thing to do for your home protection before traveling is to make sure that all of your locks are in proper working order before you leave on your holiday. If you’re not sure whether or not your home is secure, our experienced home locksmiths can come to your home and perform a home security inspection for you; checking to make sure that all your window and door locks are fully secure.

Almost 30% of home burglars enter through an unlocked door or window.

Locking all exterior doors and windows is imperative, as it will help ensure that your home is fully protected while you’re away. Now is the time to check that all of your locks are in working order. If one of your locks is broken, we can help you install a new lock on the spot, so that your house is fully secure for you while you’re away.

Get Timers for Your Lights

Keep your home lights on a timer when away from home.

house with lights onJust like in the scenario described above, a dark home is a clear indicator that no one is home. On the flip side, leaving your home lights on continuously while you’re away will not only cost you a lot of money but is also a dead giveaway that no one is home, as it will look like you are obviously trying to compensate for something.

The good news is that there are lots of different types of timers on the market that you can easily purchase. Light timers offer a really simple and cost-effective solution to the lighting issue in your home, and they are convenient to have around the house for daily usage even when you’re not away on vacation.

Shovel the Snow, Mow the Lawn

Keep your home perimeter looking lived-in while on vacation.

Is there anything that screams “we’re away!” like an untouched, snow-covered walkway? For your home protection, it’s a good idea to hire a snow removal service or gardener if you plan on being away from home for a longer period of time. If you want to save some money, you can even hire a teenage neighbor to keep your lawn mowed and your walkway shoveled. An additional benefit to hiring a local teenager to mow your lawn or shovel your driveway is that they’ll be able to notice when the grass needs cutting or when the snow needs shoveling without your having to notify them.

Hold Mail Service

Don’t let your mail pile up while you’re away.

mail deliveryWhile you’re away, you don’t want your mail to accumulate to the point where you’ve got an overflowing mailbox. An overstuffed mailbox will let potential home thieves know that you are clearly away from home, not to mention, you might have important letters in your mailbox that can be stolen and never seen again. Save yourself undue stress by putting a hold on your mail delivery temporarily. This can easily be done by going to USPS.com and filling out a quick form.

Additionally, you can also stop your FedEx and UPS delivery temporarily, as well as any newspapers that are delivered to your home on a regular basis.

Get Off the Phone!

Hold off on posting about your trip until you get back home.

Let’s be real, half the fun of going on vacation is the pictures we take while away. We love sharing a step-by-step broadcast of our exciting experiences. When it comes to posting about your next trip, you might want to hold off sharing too much until you get back home.

Posts on Instagram, Facebook, snap chat and the like might not be as private as you think. You never know who might be seeing the pictures of your holiday. Online predators can easily see that you’re away from home, and can then track down where you live and break into your home. Obviously, this is less of an issue if your accounts are private, but still, why take the risk?! Focus on your home security and wait until you return from vacation before posting all about it online.

Curb Your Trash

Don’t let your garbage sit around while away.garbage day

If all the garbage cans on your block are empty and yours is the only one brimming with trash, it could not only attract all the flies and squirrels in your neighborhood but also unwanted attention from home thieves.

For your home security and protection, you must make sure that your garbage cans are put out on the curb on garbage pickup day, and then promptly returned to their rightful place that same day. Asking a neighbor who is already taking out their own garbage to help with yours as well shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience.

By taking care of your home security before you leave on your big trip, you'll ensure that your home is as safe as could be, and you'll rest easy knowing that your house is as secure as possible. Looking for an opinion from an expert locksmith? Contact us now for more details!