Leave your home protected while you jet-set on vacation.
Now that summer is steadily approaching, many of us are looking forward to the vacations we’ve been planning for months. Unfortunately, during the process of packing and planning, many homeowners forget that they are vulnerable to theft. Leaving a home safe while you head on vacation takes a bit of preparation but is well worth it. Here are a few tips on how to reduce the likelihood of burglars targeting your home.
Lock all the doors and windows. This one may seem quite obvious, but it is surprising how many homeowners go on vacation and forget that they left their bathroom window wide open or the backdoor unlocked. Before you head to the airport, ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked.
Keep it off social media. You may be eager to post about your Bali plans on social media, but wait until you are home to post pictures. You don’t know who can see this information and take it as the perfect opportunity to target your home. Try to restrict information about your whereabouts to trusted friends and neighbors.
Hire landscaping professionals. If you’re going away for a good amount of time, it could be worth hiring a landscaping company to visit your home. An unkempt lawn could be a signal for thieves that you are not home. Also, be sure to lock away any garden or DIY tools that could be stolen or used to break into your home.
Install lights on a timer. Lights turning on and off are a clear indication of occupancy. Place a few lights on timers throughout the home so that they automatically turn on and off. Generally, thieves will assume that someone is inside turning them on and off and will avoid the property.
Ask for help. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up your mail and the newspapers on the front porch. A full mailbox is a sure sign that no one is home, so it pays to ask for help.