Follow these helpful tips to keep your home safe.
It’s back to reality when you come back home from a vacation. It’s back to work, school, chores, routines, but it’s ok because you are now recharged. Something you don’t want to come home is to find out your house was broken into because your home was not safe and secured.
Summer months are one of the peaking points when burglars come out to terrorize since most homeowners are going away on vacation. A burglar will scope out a house and can notice things like if the lights are turned off, newspapers and deliveries are piled up on the porch or overgrown lawns.
Keeping your home safe and secured while on vacation is crucial. Here are 6 tips that can help you come back to a secured home and also give you piece of mind.
1. KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
This can be uncomfortable for many. Sure you may nod or say hello when you are walking your dog or grabbing the mail, but truly knowing each other’s names and how to reach each other can go a long way to prevent criminals from terrorizing your neighborhood. Take some cookies to your neighbor’s house and say hello. Exchange phone numbers, emails, social media or any other way form of contact. Starting or joining a neighborhood watch is always a good idea.
2. DON’T POST IT
Almost 50% of homeowners aged 18-34 post photos and updates on social media while on vacation. Don’t let the world know on Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat or whatever social media platform you have. It’s not always your friends and family who see your post, burglars are looking for those post as well. Wait until you get back or save them for a later #TBT (Throw Back Thursday).
3. HOME MONITORING
It is now easier than ever to install home security systems for your home. There are many new products out now that are easy to install and affordable. You can be at the pool sipping on a drink while on vacation and monitor your home from your mobile device. Surveillance cameras, alarms, and smart devices that can lock doors or turn on lights from any computer or mobile device are all great security features that can be installed to give you piece of mind and keep your home safe. Don’t have the budget for a fancy device or monthly monitoring system? Installing a motion sensing lights can go a long way.
Feel free to call us for more information or help installing home monitoring devices.
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4. MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO HIDE
Trim those bushes and low hanging trees. They can be a thief’s best friend. Homes with fencing that obscure a door or windows are popular target that make it easy to hide. What is not friendly for a burglar are prickly landscaping or anything that makes noise like gravel or rocks.
5. PAUSE DELIVERIES
Anyone passing by can tell no one is home if newspapers pile up on a porch and the lights are off. It’s easy to hold deliveries of mail. Check out the link below.
6. MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK OCCUPIED
You don’t have to be as extreme as the kid from the movie Home Alone. Leave some lights on or hook up some lamps on automatic timers to turn on during certain hours. Arrange the lawn to be mowed while on your long trip.