Everyone needs a vacation at some point, and worrying about your home should be the last thing on your mind while you're out of town. Here are 4 ways to boost home security when you're not around.
1. Enlist The Help Of Others
Even if you're only gone for a short amount of time, asking someone you trust to keep an eye on your home can offer a big-time boost in security.
Hiring a house-sitter to collect your mail, mow your lawn, and make your house look lived in can be a great option for longer vacations, as physical changes to your property can tip-off burglars that you're out of town.
For short trips, it is worthwhile to ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities. Having someone who is aware you're not around can nip crime in the bud, as they'll be less hesitant to call the police if they notice any unexpected guests around your home.
2. No Give-Aways!
Sharing your vacation photos on social media can be a convenient way to share your experiences with your friends, but it's best to do so after you've returned home. The fact that you're not around is information that can easily fall into the wrong hands on the web, making you a target for crime.
If you decide to change your voicemail greeting while you're away, be careful that it does not explicitly state that you're out of town. It's fine to tell callers that you're unable to accept calls for a period of time, but they do not need to know it's because you're a thousand miles away.
3. Leave It To The Pros
If you're looking for a security measure that's even more reliable than your neighbors, it may be worthwhile to install a home alarm system. Houses that lack security systems are burglarized more often than ones that have an alarm installed, making them a worthwhile investment for frequent travelers.
4. Don't Forget Internal Threats
It's not only outside threats that you have to consider before heading on vacation! Make sure you prep your home for your absence by unplugging any appliances (toaster, computer, TV) that are at risk of a power surge.
If you live in a cold climate and your pipes are at risk of freezing, ask someone you trust to stop by your home every few days to run the water. Make sure to show them where the water main shut-off is in case a pipe bursts while you're away.
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