6 Ways to Protect Your Home When on Vacation
By Angela Sanders Monday, October 21, 2013, 08:39 AM EDT
When you travel on vacation, do you worry about your home being left unattended? If so, there are several things you can do to make sure your home is protected when you're not there to keep an eye on things. Here are six ways to protect your home when you’re out of town.
Talk to Your Neighbors
Developing a relationship with your neighbors is important. Not only can they be a big help when you’re in town, but they can also assist in keeping a watchful eye on your home while you’re gone. Alerting them when you’re heading out of town on vacation and asking them to make sure nothing bad happens establishes trust in your relationship with one another.
Not only can they call the police if they see something suspicious going on around your property, but they can also help with other things like turning lights on and off, checking the mail, and doing any other things you need done while you’re gone. Remember though, the next time they head out of town they’ll expect you to come through for them.
Install an Alarm System
An alarm system can go a long way to protecting your home when you're away. Knowing your home has an alarm system to keep burglars out can give you peace of mind when you're away from home on vacation. Talk to the alarm company to learn all about their systems and how they work. Then, pick the one that gives you the most reassurance.
When you do leave out of town, be sure to call your security company to let them know that you’re leaving. Let them know where you’re going and how long you’ll be away for. That way they can pay special attention to your home and any alarms that sound off. If they know you’re not there, chances are any “false alarms” won’t be false alarms.
Cancel Your Mail and Newspaper Delivery
One tell-tale sign that you're not home is having your newspapers and mail pile up day-after-day. If you’re neighbor isn’t picking it up daily, then call your newspaper and cancel delivery on the days you'll be away so they aren't stacking up in your driveway. You should also call your local post office and ask them to hold off on delivering your mail while you're away to avoid your mailbox from piling up.
Alert Your Neighborhood Watch
If your neighborhood has its own watch patrol, alert them that you'll be away on vacation. They'll know to keep an extra close eye on your home for suspicious activity while you're away. They may be able to stop by your home one or two more times a day to check the security and make sure there aren't any indications of foul play. If they do notice any suspicious activities, they can alert the police to look into the matter further.
Use a Light Timer
One way to avoid alerting burglars that you're not at home is to set your lights up on a timer. You can set your outside light and at least one indoor light to turn on and off at specific times every day. This will give the appearance that you are actually home. In addition to the light timers, you can set up a spotlight near your home's entrance to turn on when there’s movement nearby. If a burglar is trying to break in, the spotlight will come on as soon as the motion detector is activated.
Install Heavy Duty Locks on Windows and Doors
Locking your windows and doors before you leave is obviously a good idea, but taking it a step further and installing heavy duty windows and doors is even better. Not only does this safeguard your house from burglars better than your original locks, but it can also help you save money when you’re browsing through homeowners insurance quotes. Just remember to mention that you’ve installed extra secure locks when the company asks about your home’s security features.
These six precautions will help ensure your home is safe while you're on vacation. By having everything set up when you're ready to leave, you'll know that your home is safe, protected, and being watched by the good guys. With that done, now you can worry about making your vacation as fun and exciting as it can be. Bon voyage!