5 Ways to Protect Your Home When You Go On Vacation
Going on a well-deserved vacation is always a fun time. You can forget about the stresses of life for a while and just kick back, relax and recharge the batteries. Even if you are only going for a short time, nothing can quite dampen the excitement of an upcoming vacation!
This can sometimes also have a negative side however, as not everyone considers the risks of an unoccupied property while on vacation, nor do they always take the necessary steps to ensure their home is effectively protected.
There are many simple ways you can protect your home when you go on vacation to deter any would-be criminals!
Hopefully you already have an alarm or some form of security system in your home, in which case you will know to set it as needed. But for those without one that are going to be leaving their home unattended it is very worthwhile to purchase some type of alarm system.
A home alarm is one of the most effective ways to protect your property no matter how long you are away for, making it especially useful for longer vacations.
- Stop Your Newspaper Delivery
In a move that not many consider, temporarily cancelling your newspaper deliver is certainly something to do to protect your home when you’re on vacation.
This is because a large pile of newspapers outside of your door is a clear indicator that you are not home and haven’t been for a while, and that is just the sight that opportunistic criminals love to see should they come across it.
- Trash Cans
Much like leaving newspapers to build up, leaving your trash cans outside for prolonged periods is a sign that the house has been left unoccupied. While it may seem harmless, anyone that frequently notices it on your property could realize it means there is no one home.
- Lights on Timers
Leaving your lights on for the entirety of your vacation is actually something to avoid, as many skilled criminals will notice this as an attempt at pretending someone is home when the house is in fact empty – every light being turned on during the day can be quite the indicator that someone isn’t home!
Instead, invest in a relatively inexpensive timer switch and plug a light into this so that the light will come on during the evening, making it appear less obvious that nobody is in. It will also save you a fair amount in electrical bills!
- Ask a Neighbor or Friend to Keep an Eye Out
Asking a neighbor to regularly check up on your home is one of the surest ways to keep it protected when you’re away. They can feed your plants, bring your mail in, take the trash out, or even park in your driveway to make your home showcase fewer signs of being unoccupied.
Whether it’s a friend or a neighbor, be sure to provide them with a small gift or nice gesture as a thank you for their efforts – or simply return the favor next time they are on vacation!
If you have a home or business that needs security protection such as an alarm, security cameras, monitoring, access control, etc., Boyd Brothers Security is here to help. Protecting residential and commercial clients with the latest security technology all over Orange County and surrounding areas is what we do 24/7! Satisfaction is guaranteed, and there are no contracts. Contact us today at (855) 88-ALARM for a free quote!