Keeping Your Home Safe While Away on Vacation
During the next few weeks many of you will be away on vacation for a few days. In an effort to keep your home andpossessions safe here are a few tips:
1. Hold Your Mail
A huge pile of mail on the front doorstep, or
envelopes pouring out your mail slot is an instant tip-off that no one’s home.
If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, go to the post office to place a
hold on your mail. Put a hold on your daily paper, too. If you don’t have
the time or inclination, ask a trusted neighbor to collect the goods daily.
2. Create the Illusion of Someone Home
Beyond setting your lights on a timer, you can
also set the television and radio on a timer to create the typical noise and
flickering lights of an average family home at night. But wait, that’s not all!
Leave a car in the driveway. Arrange for someone to mow at least once a week
(an unruly lawn is as bad as a pile of mail). If you normally leave toys
outside, or keep a hose unrolled, or do anything that shows signs of a home
being lived in, don’t tidy up too much before you leave.
3. Mum’s the Word
Never, ever announce your departure or
vacation dates on social networks. Sharing settings are not foolproof and with
new security updates it’s always hard to tell what’s public and what’s private.
Stay on the safe side, and don’t mention your trip – until you’re back, with
tales to tell and photos to upload!
4. Trust a Friend
Give your vacation contact info and a
spare key to at least one friend or neighbor. That way, they’ll know how to
contact you in case of emergency.
5. Advertise Your Security
Especially when you’re away, it can be a great
idea to advertise your security measures. If you’re worried that alarm company
signs will clue thieves in to how to break in, buy signs from a different
company. Install fake security cameras (the kind that look authentic). Do
whatever it takes to get across the message, “This is not the home you are
6. Hide the Hide-a-Key
It’s impossible to forget your keys if you’re
not even home, so go ahead and take any hidden spare keys out of commission.
Just don’t forget to re-hide them when you return!
7. Safe-Keep Your Valuables
Lock up jewelry, the deed to your home, wills,and any other valuables or sensitive documents in a fire-proof safe.
8. Alert Your Alarm Company
Call your home security company to let them know you’ll be away. Make sure all of the door and window alarms are set and working when you leave.