Let's face it, there's absolutely no way to have your fun and relax too while on Vacation when all you're doing is worrying that your home is safe and secure.
Going on vacation is supposed to be a time to enjoy yourself, relax and have fun with your family. Sometimes vacations end up getting ruined because of stress. Stressful situations such as rushing for a flight, missing a flight, a vehicle breaking down, or someone becoming ill. With so many things that could potential go wrong and ruin your vacation, home security shouldn't be one of them. With Spring Break closely approaching, I thought that talking about ways to secure your home while on vacation would be most beneficial to you.
It's no secret that vacations can often be expensive. Every time you turn around—there you go spending even more! So, I felt it would be helpful to provide you with things you can do to protect your home for next to nothing.
Leaving your home unoccupied for an extended period of time is like Leaving a huge red lit sign signifying that no one's home. It makes a very appealing environment for burglars.
Light Your Home
The goal is to make sure your home looks lived in. The best solution would be to set your lights on a timer. Set your lights to come on at night and off during the day. If timers don't fit in your budget, then at least keep a porch light on, as well as some lights throughout your home. Even better, give a key to a trusted neighbor and ask them to turn your lights on once it gets dark.
You could even take this a step further by leaving a television on. If you're worried about an increased electric bill, think about how much money those few extra dollars will save you from a damaging and expensive break in.
Closing the Shades
One problem that arises when keeping your home lit while on vacation—it's Easier to literally see that you're not home if you end up leaving your shades open (especially at night). A good majority of your belongings can be seen by potential burglars. So, before leaving for your vacation, make sure to close and lock your windows. Lower blinds and close shades and curtains. Don't make it easier for potential burglars.
Entrust Your Home to a Neighbor
Have a trusted neighbor simply keep an eye on your home. That way, if something looks wrong, they can alert the authorities right away.
Going on vacation is exciting and of course many of us want to share our excitement with friends and family on social media. While there's nothing wrong with doing this, you still nee to take precaution when doing so.
If you decide to share about your vacation on social media, make sure to set your account to private (if it isn't already) so you're only providing your vacation details to those you choose to share with and not with those you don't. Otherwise, essentially you're broadcasting to the whole world that you're not home. It's a really simple thing to do, but it's only beneficial if you trust the people that follow you on social media.If you often accept friend requests and followers from strangers—than setting your account to private is pretty much pointless.
Alert Your Local Authorities
If your town or city is small enough, it wouldn't hurt to touch base with your local authorities to make them aware that you'll be out of town. Your local police may routinely provide surveillance of your property for and extended period of time.
Deterrence is the ultimate goal. Burglars and thieves look for easy ways in, actually, they look for anything other than conflict. So, don't make their "job" easier for them. Most often, if a burglar senses that you may be home or your house is being watched—most likely they'll move on to an easier target.
Want me to make your life even easier? Then make sure to take a look at this extremely helpful infographic below. It's a handy checklist that you can use to prepare your home before you go on vacation. Now you can travel worry-free alongside this guide. Print it out and check things off as you do them. That way you don't have to worry about forgetting anything, or excuses;)
Using a little bit of common sense and the appropriate steps to protect your home while your on vacation goes a long way (and it doesn't take much money or time either). Don't be that person that leaves their home a sitting duck for break ins. Put thought into your planning, follow through and actually have an awesome and relaxing time with your family on the vacation you worked so hard for. It's really that simple!
Do you have any tips you'd like to add? Let me know by leaving me a comment below. I always love hearing from you!
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