If you’re planning a vacation, you’re no doubt super excited and can barely wait to make that drive to the airport and hop on that plane. But wait! Have you considered the steps you’re going to need to take in order to leave your home secure and safe while you’re away? Oftentimes, homes that are left unoccupied for a week or two are targeted by thieves and broken into because they come with far less risk of getting caught. Luckily, there are measures you can take to reduce the chances of having unwelcome visitors while you are off enjoying your trip; here are some of the best tips for leaving a safe and secure home when you go on vacation.
Lock up Everything
Sure this one seems like common sense, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget to lock the side door, or the patio door, or even the front door if you’re rushing to catch that plane you don’t want to miss. Make sure you lock up every door and window in your home and double check before you leave.
Ask a Neighbour to Keep Watch
You’ve locked your doors and windows? Great! But it’s still a good idea to ask one of your neighbours to keep an eye on things while you are away. Don’t give them a list of chores to do, but simply see if they can check for suspicious activity every so often and do whatever simple things they can to make the house look less unoccupied.
Stop Your Mail
An overflowing mailbox or a few unclaimed packages piled up on your front step are clear indicators that your home is unoccupied. This is why it’s a good idea to stop what mail you can while you are gone. UPS and FedEx services can be easily stopped and your packages diverted to a nearby station for pickup, and you can also stop delivery for any newspapers or magazines you happen to have a subscription for at the time. If you prefer not to stop any mail, you can always just ask that helpful neighbour whose help you’ve enlisted to collect mail and any packages for you.
Leave the Blinds Open (If That’s Normal for You)
If you are someone who always leaves the blinds open whether you’re at home, at work, or just out for a walk, it’s a good idea to make sure you do the same when you leave for vacation. If your blinds are suddenly closed, anyone who has walked by your home on several occasions in the past will know that something is different and that you are likely out of the house for more than just a few hours this time.
Avoid Posting on Social Media
Though it might be tempting to announce your departure on social media and make all of your friends and co-workers jealous, avoid doing so. What you post on social media can be viewed by more people than just your family and close friends, and it’s basically an invitation for anyone to break into your house with the knowledge that you won’t be home. If you need to share your plans, just stick to the old-fashioned way and tell people you trust in person.
Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to leave a much more secure and safe house behind when you go on your next vacation!
All credit goes to Force Security Inc.