Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation
Throughout this article we’re going to go over some of the best tips we’ve found on how to keep your home safe when on vacation. The last thing you want to worry about while sitting on a beach is weather (haha) or not your belongings are safe.
Keep an eye
One of the most logical things to do would be to ask a friend/neighbor to watch your home while you are enjoying some fun in the sun. Providing that person with a key also allows them to bring in your mail. “If you don’t have a garage, you may also want to give this person a key to your car – you never know when your vehicle may need to be moved” (Costello, 2018)
Vacation at last
In today’s world of social media, it’s easy to forget how much information you’re giving to people. Telling all your social media followers about this great vacation you’re planning is great until one of them decides to take that as an invitation to practice their breaking and entering skills. If you’re set on posting about your vacation make sure you mention how nice it was for Aunt Muriel to come and housesit while you’re gone (or Uncle Les, or whichever fake relative you want to use). Also, be careful about the message you leave on your voicemail whether a landline or cell, as you do not want to perk up any mischievous ears.
For added security and peace of mind you can also alert your local police department that you will be gone for an extended period of time. They may or may not take an occasional cruise past your residence to see if anything appears out of the ordinary. Smaller municipalities would probably be willing to do this versus larger metropolitan areas. If you’re renting you should also always let your landlord know that you’re going to be out of town. If your landlords are like us here at Day Property Management LLC, we’ll make a point of driving by more often to make sure that everything looks good.
Blinds and Curtains
To open or to close – that is the question. Open window treatments are an invitation for prying eyes but closed treatments prevent people that want to assist you with keeping your home safe. The best solution is to leave them exactly the way you normally leave them. So as to not alert undesirables from noticing the changes. If you are having someone stop by to bring your mail in or just check on the house every day (or every few days) you could have them alternate the blinds occasionally as well. However, make sure not to leave any jewelry or valuables in clear view. No reason to tempt the local troublemakers.
That’s A Bright Idea
Lighting is yet another way of making your home look lived in. Buying an inexpensive timer and have your lights go and off with your normal routine can make a huge difference. You don’t want to jack up all your energy bills by leaving the lights on all night, plus lights on all night gives the appearance of something just not right.
Mail and Other Deliveries
This should go without saying but stopping your mail delivery is one of the most important things you can do. This helps to avoid someone seeing that you are not home. Accumulated mail is a sure sign you are gone. Any other package deliveries or newspapers should be put on hold as well. Unless you have someone set up to pick them up for you right away.
Not so much a security issue as a major problem if you live in a colder climate. Make sure you set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature that will not allow your pipes to freeze. We usually suggest keeping the temperature at a minimum of 50-55 degrees. Wrapping your pipes with heat tape is another smart way to avoid this issue. This is also a smart reason to leave a key with someone trusted. If there are any problems with your pipes it can be caught early.
Unplug Your Life
Unplugging your electronics is the safest way to protect them from power surges and outages. It will also save you a few bucks from not using the electricity it takes to run these items.
Not least is to remove the spare key that you have hidden above the door or in the fake rock on the porch. Someone casing your home is going to look for a spare key in all the normal places.
Take these steps to avoid a potential thief from entering your home and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with not having to worry about this stuff while you are enjoying your vacation.
Costello, Caroline. “How To Keep Your Home Safe While On Vacation.” SmarterTravel, SmarterTravel, 27 Sept. 2018, www.smartertravel.com/keep-home-safe-vacation-9-essential-tips/.