It’s that time of year when people leave for road trips, beach stays, and foreign vacations. Don’t leave yourself susceptible to break-ins by not following some simple tips to protect your home that we’ve gathered for you below.
1. Make it appear that someone is still there
You don’t need to have all the TV’s blasting and lights on, but a few lights on and moderate noise could help to deter burglars scoping out your home.
2. Contact your neighbors
Don’t leave without telling someone closeby where you will be and what dates you will be gone. Make sure they know your home will be unoccupied but also tell them if you have someone that is scheduled to enter for maintenance, pet care or anything else so they don’t call the whistle on an innocent person. Neighbors can be your eyes when you are gone and will help you feel more relaxed on your vacation.
3. Leave it like you normally would
People looking to break in will look for signs that you aren’t home, so make sure to not give them any. Don’t close the blinds all the way if that isn’t what you normally do. Leave curtains part way open and think of other ways you normally leave your house when you’re at work or on the town.
4. Don’t broadcast your departure
This is tough in today’s interconnected social media world, but be careful about what you put out there to the public. Many people can use the specific information your broadcast (dates, times, etc) to plan their break-in with more confidence.
5. Lock it up!
This may be the most obvious, but it is also the most important. Make sure windows are locked, gates are padlocked and any type of entrace is sealed tight. You wouldn’t want to let someone in so easily through negligence, so make sure to walk around your home and double check every possible entrance area.
By following these 5 quick tips, you can feel better about leaving your home alone while on vacation, and enjoy your time away even more!