Five home security tips for holidays and vacations
Even homeowners do travel. Maybe it's a holiday vacation to escape the cold winter or a business trip that could keep you out of the state for several days. The bottom line is that you would be away from home. So, how do you ensure home security even when you're not around?
Well, it calls for preparation and a lot of caution. First, you need to know about the prevailing security situation of your community. Have you heard about robbery or burglary in the neighborhood when homeowners weren't around? And, if so, how rampant is the situation. If there has been a break-in in nearly all the houses whose owners were not around, then you have a serious situation on your hands. Otherwise, you may only need a few tweaks to your everyday home security practices to ensure that all stays well until you're back.
The first step, where possible, is usually to have someone coming over to stay in the home for the period that you won't be around. The mere presence of human life in a home is a major deterrent for burglars.
Other than that, here are five other tips that can significantly improve your home security while you travel:
1. Consider having, at least, a few lights on
It is understandable that leaving lights on while you're not around might lead to energy losses. But what if those lights could be the difference between a burglary incident and no burglary? Sometimes, you need to make sacrifices when it matters. When a burglar comes to your home and finds that the living room lights are on, they might assume that you're still up, probably watching a movie. In most cases, they may choose to wait until the light goes off. But if they come around, and the whole place is dark, they may see it as a great opportunity to strike.
2. Let somebody pick your mailed letters
A mailbox that has remained piled up to the extent that some letters are spilling to the ground is usually a sure sign that the homeowner isn't around. Or, how else would you explain that? This too might give the burglar an indication that it is the right time to strike. To avoid this, ask one of your friendly neighbors to check the mail for you and collect any letters until you're back. Alternatively, delay the delivery dates until you're back. You can always call your mailing services provider to inform them that you won't be home for a specific period.
3. Display obvious home security signs in open places
A simple sign with the words “Fierce Dog, Beware” is enough to scare the life out of a person who was intending to break into your home.
While it can be fun to share photos taken on the holiday or vacation with friends on social media, be warned that burglars also use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. They only need a small clue such as a tweet to know that you're not at home.
4. Secure every entry point
Before you leave, ensure that all points that could be used to enter the home are secured. From windows to doors and every other opening that you suspect might be used by a burglar, don't leave until you have locked them all. You also need to secure the garage as the garage is one place where the burglar may try to find something to break your windows or doors. Finally, don't forget to lock the gate. If the burglar can't get in your yard, they can't access the doors or windows.
4. Don't let everyone on social media know that you're away
While it can be fun to share photos taken on the holiday or vacation with friends on social media, be warned that burglars also use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. They only need a small clue such as a tweet to know that you're not at home.For the best home security practices when you travel or go on vacation, try to implement all the five tips discussed here.