How To Prevent Home Burglary While On Vacation
You deserve a peaceful, worry-free, and rejuvenating vacation from time to time. I mean, who doesn’t? Unfortunately, too many homeowners are all too quick to skip town without a security plan for their home. And nothing is more inviting for prospective burglars. If you’re not taking the proper measures to “vacation proof your home” as it were, then you run the risk of nefarious intruders disturbing your property while you’re out sipping frozen margaritas at a swim-up bar in Cancun.
How to Protect Your Home While You’re Away
Worrying about your home’s vulnerability to burglary is the last thing you need on your well-earned vacation. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps you can take before jetting off to keep your home safe while you’re away.
Set Light Timers
While leaving your home in complete darkness throughout the course of your vacation might save you a few bucks on your next utilities bill, you can be sure that prospective burglars are going to take notice. It is worth it to invest in a handful of programmable timers for lights throughout the house. Random setting options can provide an even more realistic illusion that someone is home at all times.
Have Mail and Deliveries Picked Up
Before heading out of town, you’ll want to coordinate with a trusted neighbor or friend to have your mail and any packages picked up on a daily basis. Of course, leaving your Amazon deliveries out in the open is essentially a porch pirate’s personal invitation. And unattended packages or mail is also a surefire tell that no one is home. Have someone you trust pick up your deliveries and store them at their place until you’re back.
Don’t Hide Your Key
Hiding your spare key under the mat or inside a fake rock isn’t exactly the covert operation you think it is. A burglar with any degree of experience is going to know exactly where to look. Avoid the risk and just give your spare key to whomever needs access to the house. In addition, you can invest in a smart lock system for your home. This way, you can grant access to the people who need it by sharing a programmable code or by remotely unlocking your home via a mobile app.
Avoid Posting Pictures on Social Media
While sharing vacation photos on Facebook and Instagram is kind of second nature at this point, the fact of the matter is that it’s still a fine way for potential intruders to know that you’re hundreds of miles away and your home is, in all likelihood, not being monitored. Minimize the risk and save those photos for a one-time photo dump upon your return. Your friends will have no problem waiting a few days to check them out.
Have someone maintain your yard and driveway
Before getting away, make sure your lawn is freshly cut (consider going a bit shorter than normal if you’ll be gone for more than a week or so). If passers by are used to seeing your lawn well-manicured, then seeing it a bit on the overgrown side can be a dead giveaway that you’re not home to maintain it. And if you’re planning a winter getaway and snow is a concern in your neck of the woods, consider having someone shovel your driveway and sidewalk as necessary. Nothing says “we’re not home” more than being the only house on the block with a snow-covered driveway.
Have a trusted neighbor keep an eye out
Even if you have a friend stopping by to pick up the mail and rid your property of any snowfall, it’s always a good idea to have a trusted neighbor just keep an eye on things while you’re away and report any suspicious activity. Let them know where you’re headed and for how long you’ll be gone. And make sure they know how to reach you should they suspect anything seemingly out of the ordinary.
Invest in a Security System
Yes, the best way to protect your property while you’re away on vacation (and after you get back) is to invest in a home security system. While a custom residential security system won’t pick up your mail or shovel your sidewalk (wouldn’t that be something?), it will provide peace of mind that your home is being monitored and protected 24/7.
So before you skip town for your next big family getaway, make sure you’ve taken the right steps in deterring prospective intruders and keeping your home protected. And while it never hurts to have friends and neighbors lending a hand (and eyes and ears) to safeguard your home while you’re away, there really is no match for a custom home security system for added protection and self assurance. To learn what residential home security offerings might be best for your living space, contact the home security experts at Barcom Security.