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How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Thursday, May 19, 2022   /   by Margie Wright

How to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Summer vacation season is here! So many of us are planning our vacations, the fun beach trips, and getting away for a while. But vacations also mean being away from the house. That means more risk for the security of your home. During the summer, burglaries do happen more often given that people are not in their homes for extended periods of time. There are things that you can do to protect your home, though!

1. Lock All Windows and Doors Before You Leave
It seems simple enough. You may even be thinking, "who wouldn't do that??" But it's never a bad idea to double and triple check that your windows and doors are properly shut and locked. These will be the first areas that a burglar will try to access. A few weeks before your planned vacation, test your locks. That way, you'll have time to hire a locksmith to replace any locks that need it.

2. Install a Home Security System
Home security systems greatly reduce the chance that a home will be burglarized. Many systems nowadays have remote access and allow you to check the system from your phone. Depending on the complexity of the system, you may be able to lock and unlock doors straight from the app. Some insurance providers may discount your home insurance premium when you install a security system - more money for your vacation!

3. Advertise Your Home Security
Knowing that a home is secured, burglars are likely to not bother with tryin to get in. They want to get in and get out without any trouble. When they see the security advertised, they're more likely to think that it's more trouble than it's worth to try and break in. Post stickers and yard signs near the most obvious and accessible entry points. Don't make them hidden - make them viewable. 

4. Secure Your Garage
It's easy to forget about the garage when securing the rest of your home. Thankfully, there are several easy ways to protect your home from a garage break in! Install motion detector lights on the corners of the garage. Ensure the service door is locked. And keep valuables out of sight. Don't keep valuables in the garage unless they are securely locked away. Since the garage is typically easier to break into, you don't want your valuables to be at that easy access point. If you leave a car in the driveway or garage, take the garage door remote out so that it can't be taken and used.

5. Use Light Timers
Light timers are affordable, easy to install, and make it harder for burglars to tell if the home is occupied or not. Choose a timer with an option for random on and off. The lights will turn on and off at various times throughout the day and night, making it seem like the home is occupied even when it is not, thus deterring burglars.

6. Install Outdoor Security Lights
Dark and hidden areas are the best places for burglars. Motion-activated security lights installed around your house will startle potential burglars and make them more visible to the surrounding area. Even if you can't do motion-activated security lights, having outdoor security lights will still help greatly and provide an extra layer of protection to your home.

7. Remove "Hidden" Keys
"Hidden" keys are keys that are typically under a doormat or maybe a specific rock, or even in a nook or cranny outside the home. It's a location that you and your family/friends know about in case you need to get in. However, this makes it easy for burglars to also use and get in. Remove those hidden keys before vacation to keep that from happening.

8. Use a Safe
Invest in a safe for all your valuables. Make sure that it's waterproof and fireproof so in the case of other events, your valuables will be safe. This is great to have even when you're not going on vacation. Make sure that your safe is put into a secure, hidden location that will be hard for burglars to find.

9. Tidy Up Your Yard
Put your outdoor equipment in a secure shed or garage if at all possible. Mow your lawn and trim shrubs and tree so there aren't overgrown areas for burglars to hide in. Put away anything that a burglar could use to break into your home, like loose bricks or tools. If you're going to be out of town for a long, extended period of time, arrange for lawn care to keep things tidy.

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