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August 9th, 2017 by MichiganLiving Keep Your House Safe While On Vacation With These Security Tips!

Are you going out of town with your family for a well deserved vacation? Are you leaving your home totally unoccupied for few days or so? If yes, I suggest that you read these tips on how to keep your house safe while enjoying your vacation.

According to home security experts, an empty house is an easy target for thief and burglars lurking around the neighborhood. So if you are going out for quite a while, make sure your house won’t look totally uninhabited while you are gone.

Home Security

The lack of movement inside and outside your house is one huge sign that there’s nobody home. One good solution for this is to ask someone (a friend or relative) to visit your house as often as they can. Ask them to spend an hour or two inside your house – maybe give them something to do like water your indoor plants, play with your dogs/cats or anything that can make them busy for few hours. Just make sure to give them something back for doing such chores.

Another good solution is to ask your neighbor’s help. Simple things like letting or asking them to park their car on your alley or letting them enjoy a cold bottle of beer or hot coffee on your deck in the evenings could do the trick. If potential thief will see that there’s someone in the house even at night enjoying a cup of coffee or bottle of beer, he will think twice about breaking into your home. Just make sure that you’ll return this kind of favor to your neighbor when they need such kind of help too.

Another trick that works wonders is setting up some sort of timer for your lights and some appliances.  Just make sure to set them up randomly and in different intervals. For example, at this day, set your light and TV to go on at 6pm onwards, the next day, set your light to go on at 7pm while your TV at 8pm and so on and so forth.  You can also ask someone you trust to visit the house, turn on the lights and the TV at certain times.

It’s also best if you can double up your home security before leaving for the long vacation. Install CCTV cameras around, double up your door locks and replace or fix any broken window locks. If you have a home alarm system, make sure to set it up properly.

Last but not the least; don’t broadcast your vacation at your social media accounts. You can always post about it upon coming home. This way, people around you won’t know that you are leaving at that certain date and the house will be empty by then.

Combine all the tips written above and for sure, your home will be safe and sound while you relax and unwind.


22 responses to “Keep Your House Safe While On Vacation With These Security Tips!”

  1. So many great tips. Especially not blasting about it on SM. That’s hard because you want to share, but I have heard it’s increasing the rates of break ins.

  2. Kelly Reci says:

    It’s really important to have our own security at home. Glad that I found this amazing tips.

  3. I always make sure my doors and windows are securely shut and locked. I also have someone check on my house when I am away.

  4. tara pittman says:

    My neighbors always do a good job of watching my house. I always let them park in my driveway.

  5. When we leave, my son stays at our house. He brings his cat and camps out while we are gone. He enjoys the time away from his apartment and not having to grocery shop for a while. His cat enjoys our kitty’s company. And I feel peace of mind knowing someone is there.

  6. Catvills says:

    These are all great security tips for the home. However, when we go for an extended vacation, we ask help from our relatives to housesit for us. Usually, it is my cousin and her husband. They don’t have kids yet, so it would be like having a staycation for them.

  7. My husband and I travel frequently and it’s really important for us to keep the house safe. These tips are very helpful!

  8. Tonia says:

    Great suggestions. I do everything I can to keep my house looking occupied when I’m away. It’s nice to have people drop by to check on things. A camera is nice too.

  9. Claudia Krusch says:

    I always worry when we go away for a long period. Having a friend go to your house is a great idea. I have all my lights on timers including a radio set to a talk station.

  10. Your post is perfect timing for me. These are great tips and I’m going to use some of them when I go on vacation. I know my neighbors would help in watching for unusual activity while I’m gone. I could get my daughter and SIL to visit every day or every other day to make it look like someone is here.

  11. Great tips! It always worries me to leave our house unattended for days. However, with technology, there are so many ways to turn lights on or check cameras, it makes it safer to go out of town.

  12. Erinn Sluka says:

    The flux of smart home products makes it so easy to leave your home and stay connected and alert of motion and changes

  13. The timer on the lights is a great on. Always leaves the impression someone is home. I’d suggest setting it for random times so if you are gone a longer period someone can’t watch the house and figure out the schedule.

  14. Khushboo says:

    I am about to leave for my vacations soon and I constantly worry about the safety of my house. Loved your security tips.

  15. Hannah Marie says:

    It is really not safe anymore. We need to be cautious and secure our houses. I agree with your tips, those are very helpful.

  16. Lisa Rios says:

    These are really helpful. Sometimes, though, especially with blogging, there are vacations and work trips that you have to pre promote on social media so it is something inevitable, but not advertising deets like when you are leaving and when coming back, etc. Better safe than sorry.

  17. krystal says:

    I always worry when we go on vacation that I left the gas on! I will have to trysome of these ideas.

  18. Great tips! We always have someone pick up our newspapers and mail when we leave. It makes the property much less conspicuous.

  19. This is such great tips! I do travel from time to time and having a neighbor to drop by the house sounds like a gret idea.

  20. Mardene Carr says:

    That is why it is good to have great neighbors. Whenever we are travelling we leave a key with our neighbors and they open the windows in the days and turn lights on at nights

  21. It’s good to know how to keep our home safe while traveling. My family is thinking of taking a three week long vacation next summer, but we worry about our home’s security. Having a neighbor watch is a good idea. Isn’t there also companies that will come and watch the house too?

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