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.
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.