A well-deserved vacation is worth planning for, but do not let the anticipation for taking some time away from home blind you from the fact that your home needs to be safe and secure until your return. A house left empty is a tempting target for burglars, more so if there are no security measures in place. It would be such a devastating thing to come home after having a memorable trip only to return and find that someone has broken into your home!
Taking some few measures to ensure your home is safe while you are away is not something that needs such a complex planning. Here are some simple tips worth considering.
It is important to talk with your close family, relatives, or trusted friends about your plans to travel and let them know how long you will be away. Request them to take some time off their personal schedules to pass by your home; it can be a simple drive by but better yet if the is a quick peep around the house.
Letting your neighbor be on guard duty while you are away will be a nice way of ensuring you have some close by to keep watch over things. Often, this option works if you are in good terms with your neighbor. On the other hand, it should be a neighbor that your trust with your stuff so that you can give him or her spare key for your house. The neighbor can go into your house on occasion to make sure everything looks fine. And don’t forget to give your vacation contact information to this neighbor, so that he or she can reach you in case of an emergency.
If you will have more than one person visiting or checking on your home, you should tell them know each other. It is important to let your relative or friend and your neighbor know each other. It is vital to do this to avoid them bumping into each other and thinking that the other is up to no good around your house.
Having some lights come on in the evenings is a good way of showing possible burglars that there is someone at home. Simple plug-in timers which can be bought fairly cheaply will do the trick.
Take care of small details which are a dead giveaway that a house is unoccupied. For instance, if you are going on a longer vacation, maker sure the lawn in not mowed. Even if you’re gone for a few days, make sure some neighbor/friend takes your newspaper in from the driveway, and empties your mailbox if needed.
Make sure that you have high-quality lock on your doors and windows. You should consider investing in a good security alarm system, and make sure to arm it before you take off on vacation!