During the vacation season, typically in July and August, homes stay empty, and they are easy prey for potential predators. If you’ve already packed your suitcase and booked the trip, it’s not too late to improve your home security system. While preparing for your long-awaited holiday, an excellent organization is a must. Creating a to-do list with all your obligations like arranging your neighbors to feed your cat or watering all your plants should include additional ways of home security. Here is our advice on how to secure your home while on holiday:
Always Lock Up
It may sound obvious, but when you’re in a hurry, it’s possible to forget to check all your doors and windows. Leaving even the tiniest opening can lead to disaster. Make sure to close every opening, such as pet doors or mail slots in order to prevent burglary and theft. Disconnecting the electronic opener and putting a padlock on your garage door is a great idea. Always leave some extra time to double-check everything and go on your vacation casually.
Remove the Spare Key
Before leaving, make sure to remove all your hidden spare keys. Even if you are completely sure that no one will find them and that your hiding spot is the best ever, potential predators will search long and hard to find them. They know all places for hiding the spare key like above the doorframe or underneath the flowerpot. One of the ways to secure the door from kicking in is to hide your keys and lock them every single time.
Installing cameras all over your property will indeed prevent potential thefts. It can be pricey and not for everyone’s wallet, but we can say that burglars are clever, and they always look around carefully. The best location for such a crime is without much light and no security cameras. Installing cameras all over your property will indeed prevent potential thefts. It can be pricey and not for everyone’s wallet, but we can say that burglars are clever, and they always look around carefully. The best location for such a crime is without much light and no security cameras. If you don’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a complete home security system with night cameras, simply put the fake ones. It’s for those with more courage, because it can lower the risks of theft, but if it happens you won’t have any proof.
Make It Looks Like Someone Is Home
You can secure your home while on holiday by making it look like someone is home. One of the things you can do is to set alarms and motion sensors. Motion sensors connected to the fake TV light inside your house can make it seem like you are still awake watching television. It works on the principle of a sensor that registers movement a few feet around your backyard. The same thing can be done with a fake barking dog alarm that activates when your sensor detects motion. Also, make sure your grass looks freshly cut and don’t leave an empty driveway. Stop newspapers or mail deliveries or arrange for your neighbor to pick them up regularly. By looking at your doorstep full of mail, everyone will easily conclude that your home is empty for some time.
Don’t Post Everything on Social Media
We know that posting your pictures on social media is an indispensable part of daily life, but you never know who can actually see them. The Internet has its benefits, but still, you have to be careful. Revealing your current location to everyone on social media could be dangerous, and lead to crimes like burglaries. If you really can’t resist and need to post at least one photo, remove geotags from your posts and make them private. The best option to secure your home while on holiday would be waiting until you’re back home and then posting new pictures and videos from your vacation.
If you don’t think that these security measures are enough to secure your home while on holiday, hire a security guard. In some communities, it’s usual to see security guard patrol, especially in those dangerous neighborhoods. It can be an excellent idea, that will keep not only yours but everyone’s home safe. Still, if you come back from your vacation and notice changes like there was an intruder in house, you should seriously think about a better security system.