Summer is very nearly upon us, and that means it is very nearly vacation time. A couple of weeks of well-earned rest and relaxation somewhere hot and sunny for you and the family is coming up. The chance to escape all the trials and tribulations of everyday life and recharge those batteries.
You don’t want to be worrying about anything that might be going on back home, which is why ensuring your house is secure while you are away is so important. Not only will it prevent the chances of somebody breaking in, but it can help give you peace of mind as well.
If you’re heading off for sunnier climates, here are some simple steps to keeping your home safe while you’re on vacation.
Ask someone to keep an eye on your house
Asking someone to keep an eye on your house can go a long way to keeping your house safe by making it appear as though it is occupied. A sure sign that a home is currently vacant such as mail piling up is a signal to thieves that they’ve found an easy target. It doesn’t matter if it is a friend, a relative or a neighbor that you trust – just ask someone to pop in every couple of days to make the property look normal and lived in.
Technological advancements mean that CCTV is now an affordable option for most American households. Installing it not only allows you to record any criminals who may try and break into your property, but it can also act as a real deterrent – if a potential burglar spots cameras in an obvious place, they’re more likely to decide to leave your property alone. A security light with camera is, therefore, a great option to have. Not only will it record what is going on, but it will also shine a light – quite literally – on any criminal activity while alerting your neighbors or passersby at the same time.
Install timers on your electronics
If a home has been shrouded in darkness for days or weeks on end, then that’s a clear indicator that the owners are away. You can get around this problem by installing timers on your electronics. Most of you are probably aware that these exist for lighting, but there are also products on the market which work with televisions and radios too. Some models will even pair with your smartphone, so you can control all the electronics in the home remotely from wherever you are, allowing you to make your home look lived in from the other side of the world.
Don’t post on social media
An increasing number of burglars are using social media to pick and choose targets, and it isn’t hard to see why. When you check in at the airport ahead of your two-week vacation or upload a photo to Instagram of that stunning Caribbean beach, you’re sharing with the world that your home is currently empty and therefore an easy target for crime. While it is less of a worry if your social media accounts all have the highest security settings, it’s still best to lay off the updates until you get home.