How to keep your home safe while you’re on vacation
Summer is a time for relaxing but be careful not to let your guard down when it comes to the safety of your family and your home. Did you know that your house is much more likely to be broken into in the summertime? Burglary is 11% more common in the summer than any other season. The reason being, many people take vacations and leave their houses vacant while they are gone. Coming home from a fun vacation and finding that your house has been robbed can ruin your entire trip. However, if you follow basic preventative measures it can help keep your home safe while you are gone.
1. Phone a friend- Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house while you’re gone. Give them a key so they can come by every day to water your plants, bring in the mail, feed your pets etc. If you have more than one person watching your house, make sure to let them know about each other so there is not any confusion.
2. Keep quiet on social media- We know you’re excited to talk about your trip on social media, but if there is not anyone house sitting while you’re away, wait until your back to brag about it. Even if you trust all of your social media followers, you never know who is reading it!
3. Curtains closed, or open? You might decide to leave your curtains closed to prevent people from looking inside to see if anyone is home. However, it also prevents the people who are helping from seeing inside your house. Keep your curtains how you usually keep them when your home. Noticeable changes can hint that you’re not around anymore.
4. Lights on or off? Don’t leave your lights on for your entire vacation, not only will your electric bill rise but also it looks suspicious. Instead purchase a light switch timer that can turn your lights on and off automatically. If criminals are watching your house and they notice lights going on and off, they will assume someone is doing it rather than a timer.
5. Stop your mail- Either place a stop order on your mail and newspapers while you’re gone, or have a friend come over to bring your mail inside. If your mail is piling up this might signal to criminals that you’re not home.
6. Pull the plugs- Unplug all of your appliances to protect them from power surges. This will also save power.
7. Take away your spare key- If criminals know you are away on vacation, they will check around your house for a spare key.
If you follow these simple safety precautions you will be able to enjoy your trip without worrying about your home. Have a great vacation!