Whether you’re spending a month-long vacation at your parents’ or taking the kids for three nights across the state, leaving your home for some time can feel daunting. An empty home can easily catch a burglar’s eye, leaving all your things defenseless should it happen. However, you can still take that trip with some peace of mind if you set up precautionary measures before you leave.
Ask a Good Neighbor to Watch Your Home
Having friendly relations with your next door neighbor is beneficial in so many ways, including keeping an eye for you when you’re away. You don’t have to oblige the neighbor to always check out on your home all the time. However, you can hint that you’d appreciate it if he alerts you should there be something weird or amiss about your property when you’re away.
Time Your Electronics
The technology nowadays allows you to control when you’re electronics go on and off. It’s best if the exterior home lighting switches on at night, or even leave it on until you return. You may also consider getting electronic timers that attach to your gadgets and outlet which promptly turn on and off at a predetermined time. Also, you can control some smart appliances and lighting fixtures from your smartphone, so you might want to take advantage of that too.
Invest in Home Security
Home security systems are not just for people and families who leave their homes a lot. These systems are for everyone who wishes to get alerted to any potential intrusion promptly. The set-up can include motion sensors on doors, windows, and exteriors, as well as CCTV cameras. Intruders are more likely to target homes without security systems, so installing one for your home is a wise decision, whether you’re going on vacation or not.
Halt the Mail and Paper
If someone’s already targeting your home, he only needs to take a look at your mail and decide if it’s a good time to intrude. It’s easy to guess that nobody’s home when your mail and paper piles up at your door, so drop by your post office and ask them to hold your correspondences until you get home.
Hire Someone to Mow Your Lawn
An unkempt lawn is also one of the telling signs that the homeowner is not around. If you’re going away for more than a few days, ask a neighbor’s kid or hire someone to take care of your outdoor chores. This technique creates an illusion that you’re home and discourages potential crimes from happening on your property.
Don’t Overshare on Social Media
You are overly excited about this trip, and you just want to share with all your friends on the internet. Hold it. You don’t know who might be watching your moves online. When you announce that you’re about to go on vacation, all they have to do is wait for you to leave and then they’ll take that chance. Keep mum on your trip and only share that you went until you get back.
An abandoned home, even for a short time, is vulnerable to all sorts of attacks and intrusion. Go ahead with your vacation with peace and confidence knowing you’ve put all possible measures of keeping it safe and secured.