Smart Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe While on Vacation

By : Nick Marr

When you are excited about going on a much-needed vacation, it can be easy to forget that you are leaving valuables behind. In fact, you may arrive at the airport before wondering if you locked the front door or the garage.

When your home is properly secured, you will have the peace of mind to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Below are smart tips you can adopt so that when you go on a vacation, you will not return home to unpleasant surprises.

Clear the mailbox

A fully stuffed mailbox is a clear sign of an empty house. Therefore, if you are leaving on a long trip, avoid this obvious giveaway by having a friend, neighbour or family member stop by your house to bring in your mail.

Alternatively, you can contact your newspaper service to put a hold on deliveries until further notice or have them delivered to an alternative address. Criminals will not be so confident to break into your house if they are not certain whether you are in town or not.

Be careful of your social media activities

Do you know that your social media activities can be a dead giveaway to your current location? When you are on holiday, it can be tempting to upload pictures of your vacation and make regular status updates with from your holiday location. Should the wrong person view your social media profile, they will be able to deduce that nobody is at home and use the opportunity to burglarize your property.

This does not mean you should not share in your experiences with friends and family members on social media, but it may be a good idea to wait until you are back home before doing the pictures and videos upload. If you must share your holiday experiences on social media while on vacation, set your privacy settings so that only the people you know can see the things you share online.

Lock everything

While locking your doors may seem like common sense, it is actually possible to leave your home and arrive at your holiday destination only to remember that you forget to properly lock one entry point. For example, you may lock all the exterior doors and windows in your house but forget to shut and lock the attic window, providing cat burglars with a means of entry and egress.

This is why you should have something like a lockdown checklist for when you travel. You can crosscheck with your checklist to be sure that you have locked all the access points to your house including the attic and garage.

Garage doors

Speaking of garages, contrary to popular opinion, a garage is not as secure as most people think it is, and because garages tend to have a shortcut into the house, this is one place burglars try to get in from.

This is why you should secure your garage, as a burglar can gain access to your house via your garage even when you are at work. So, whether you are travelling or not, hire a garage door service to reinforce your garage doors.

Also, if your garage doors are the automatic ones that open and close via one technology system or another, know that every technology can be hacked, especially by a determined criminal or a technologically savvy teenager. Automatic garage door openers can even be opened by certain universal remotes, so it is important you take proactive steps to maintain the security of your garage. If you intend to be away for long, you can totally disable the automatic garage door so that it cannot be opened until you connect it back, or you can completely switch over to the manual version.

Consider a home security system

A home security system is one of the best deterrents for burglars and intruders. In fact, studies have found out that no burglar will willingly attempt to burglarise a fitted with a home security system as the chances of getting away undetected are very slim.

If you don’t already have one and can afford it, invest in a good home security system before embarking on your trip. You will even find a lot of affordable products if you know how to look for them, and best of all, some of these products can be installed by a layman so you will not have to spend extra money for professional installation.

Don’t leave a spare key behind

International travel specialists at Ausmove movers advise that unless you are leaving a family member behind, there is no need to leave a spare key in the usual hiding place when you are all going on vacation. For one thing, you don’t know who else has knowledge of where you keep your spare key, such as a bad neighbour who is only waiting for you to travel before burglarising your property.

If you must, leave your spare key with a trusted friend or family member so that in the event you misplace your key during your travels, you will have a means to get back into your house.