There is a lot to think about leading up to a family vacation. You need to make sure that you have all of the travel documents you need and the suitcases are packed. Another thing that you must consider is the security of your home when you are not there. Modern locks on all of your doors and windows is a great start, but there is a lot more that you can do.
1. Don’t let mail build up
This only applies if you have a mail slot that is visible from the outside of your home. If you think that there is a chance that your mailbox could overflow during the time you’re away, then you should consider holding your mail. Another option is that you have a very trusted friend or family member to make sure that your mail doesn’t build up.
2. Make it look like you never left
The technology exists to set timers for your lights and other electronic equipment so that to the casual observer, it looks like someone is home and following a set routine. However, this may not be enough to convince a burglar that you are still home. If possible, you should leave a car in your driveway and make sure that the lawn will not become overgrown while you’re out of town.
3. Don’t tell anyone that you’re away
A few very close friends and family members will, of course, know that you are not home. This does not mean that you should feel free to tell everyone your plans. Sadly, this includes social media. If you want to be certain that no one knows that you’re on vacation, then you should wait until after you have returned from your trip to post those selfies on the beach.
4. Remember those close friends and family…
You should make sure that someone checks on your house at least once while you’re away. This is important as you need to give someone your emergency contact information while you’re not home in case there is any need to get in touch with you.
5. Mind the dog
There are many signs and notices that you can put up around your home to discourage a casual burglar. Probably the most common is “mind the dog”. Another great one that you can use is “Protected by Security Cameras 24/7”. One or both of these is a very effective deterrent to those who are considering breaking into your home.
6. A good lock
If the locks on your door look old and not very well maintained, you may find that someone who is scouting your neighbourhood for their next score will target your home. By having a powerful locking mechanism on your door, you can be sure that you will be giving the impression that you take the security of your home seriously and will probably have other security countermeasures in place. Consult with a local locksmith to ensure you have a proper security measure in place.
7. You won’t forget your key
If you have a spare key hidden somewhere on your property, you should make sure that you remove it when you leave. Even if you think that it is placed in the most creative of hiding places, you don’t want to leave it up to chance that a burglar will find it.
Some of these tips don’t need to just apply when you’re leaving the country and getting on a plane. You should also consider using these when you stay overnight somewhere, or even when popping out for a few hours.