If seeing a family classic like ‘Home Alone’ has taught us anything, it’s that you can never be too cautious with security when leaving your home for a vacation or business trip.
So how exactly can you be away without having crippling anxiety overwhelm you over the safety of your home? Well, that’s what we’re here to dispel isn’t it? With the measures below, you should be cool as a cucumber over your home’s safety even if you’re in a different time zone;
Install a home security system.
Standard home security alarms generally include sensors on all entry doors, sensors on easily accessed windows, and some motion activated sensors for outdoor spaces. They are also a direct link to a monitoring service. These systems act as a deterrent for intruders and are fairly easy to use.
- You can have a home automation system installed that allows you to access a security system through a smart phone or computer application. Often a full security system would include outdoor cameras, automated lighting, and an alarm and monitoring system. These provide peace of mind whenever you’re far away from your home.
- Installing a home security system may also reduce your homeowners’ insurance payments.
Install motion sensors.
This is applicable for homeowners rather than for families living in apartment buildings. If you have outdoor spaces, consider installing motion sensors that turn on a light when someone moves close. Consider adding motion sensors by any entryways like those on porches, decks, and by garages.
- Ensure that the light controlled by the sensor is bright enough to draw attention to anyone attempting to enter the home.
Install strong locks.
Consider adding a dead bolt or an extra strong lock to entryway doors. If you have sliding glass doors, install locks that wedge between the door and the track to ensure they cannot be opened from the outside.
- If you have window screens, add security latches to the screen. Window screens can be easily opened, but security latches add an additional layer of protection.
Purchase a fireproof safe.
A safe is a necessary investment for every homeowner. You should keep your essential documents here, like the deed to your home, your passports, and identification cards whether you are home or away.
- Before you leave, lock up any valuables that you may keep out on an everyday basis, like jewelry or sensitive documents.
Relocate any hidden keys.
Many of us have a hidden key to our front doors or garages tucked away under a welcome mat, in a plant, or in a decorative garden item. Retrieve the hidden key and put it somewhere safe inside your home.
- Since you’ll be away, there’s no reason for a hidden key to be outside. Most burglars know that homeowners will hide keys and will look for one that is easily accessible when they want to break in.
Ask a friend to monitor your home.
Ask a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor to keep an eye out on your home while you’re away. It is absolutely essential that you trust this person and know that they will follow through with checking in.
- A next door neighbor is a convenient person to monitor your home since they are the most likely person to notice any unusual situations.
- Do not sacrifice convenience for trust. If you do not feel completely comfortable asking your next door neighbor to check on your home, ask a close friend or family member.
- Remember to return the favor and offer to do the same for them when they are on vacation.
Ask a friend to maintain your yard.
Overgrown lawns or driveways full of snow are surefire giveaways that the homeowner isn’t at home.
- Be mindful of your friend’s time and offer compensation for these chores. For example, if the neighbor that you’ve asked to keep an eye on things has a teenage son or daughter, offer to pay their child to complete these tasks.
- Always return the favor and offer to do the same when they go away on vacation.
Check all locks.
Before you leave, check that each door and window are securely locked. Having locks installed will do you no good if they are not locked while you are gone! Go through every room of your home and apartment and check that each window and entry door is secure.
- It is also helpful do a perimeter of your house from the outside. Look for any window screens that look loose or unsecured.
Secure your garage door.
Garage doors are an easy way for intruders to enter your home. Manual garage doors can be secured with a clamp or padlock to prevent them from being opened.
- Turn off your automatic garage door opener if you have one. This will prevent someone with a universal remote from opening the door while you’re away.
Do not post online.
Never post on social media that you are leaving for a vacation. Avoid posting pictures from your vacation while you are still away, checking in at the airport or your vacation destination, or updating your friends about your vacation.
- Internet safety is extremely important. Many burglars learn about their potential victims through social media when they post that they will be away, how long they’ll be away, and where they’re going.
With these tips, you should have your mind at ease and enjoy your vacation or maintain your focus on your business expedition. However, should in case something goes bad despite adhering to these measures, be sure to alert the police immediately as well as your insurance company for potential damage recovery.
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(Sourced from: Wikihow.com)