Taking a well-needed vacation is a fitting reward for all the hard work you do. On the other hand, if you are not around to protect your home, then you might have some apprehension about leaving it unattended, and justifiably so. The last thing you want to do is advertise the fact that you will be away from home for an extended period. To a burglar, that just presents the perfect window of opportunity to break into your home.
So how can you protect your home even if you are enjoying margaritas on the beaches of Cancun? Read these home security tips from LivSecure, and protect your property and valuable possessions next time you are away on vacation.
Make it Seem Like Someone’s Always Home
First, consider installing home automation smart socket plug-ins or automatic timers with lamps, stereo systems, or your television. This is a much better solution than simply leaving a light on, which is not very convincing if it never turns off. Leaving the light on all the time can also present a fire hazard and cause an emergency while you are away.
If you have a garage, park your car in there to protect any valuables you might have inside, and make sure your garage door is secure. If you do not have a garage, leaving your car parked in the driveway can serve as a deterrent. Just be sure to remove anything a thief might take an interest in, including your stereo face and any personal information documents.
Forward Your Calls
If you have a landline at home, having your calls forwarded to your mobile while you are away is a smart idea. Burglars sometimes pose as canvassers as a ruse to obtain your contact information, and may place a call to your home phone to verify that your house is vacant. If you are traveling abroad, you may be able to use a VOIP or online telephony service where Wi-Fi is available in order to protect your home from break-ins.
Secure the Perimeter
Eliminating easy points of entry is another excellent home security tip. Before leaving town, make sure your doors, pet doors, and windows are securely locked, and if you are in the habit of leaving a spare key hidden on your property, it is best to take it with you or give it to a trusted friend or neighbor for protecting.
Any tree limbs that could provide easy access to upper-story windows should be trimmed back, as well. In addition, make sure your window screens are intact, and if you have exterior doors with windows, you may want to consider having security doors installed.
Protect Your Home With an Alarm System
Installing a home alarm system such as LivSecure is one of the best preventive measures you can take to protect from intruders who may be interested in making off with your valuables while you are away.
The mere presence of a home security system (and the accompanying signage and window decals) will serve as a strong deterrent to would-be home invaders. Those who may be stupid enough to attempt a burglary despite the presence of a monitored security system will have excellent odds of winning a free ride in the back of a police car for their troubles.
Burglars look for easy targets. If your home is not protected while you are away, they may take advantage of the opportunity you have left them. Do not become an unfortunate statistic. We hope you use these home security best practices to secure your home even when you are not there. That way, you can enjoy your vacation without worrying about your home’s security.