Every year thousands of homes are broken in to; most of these break-ins happen when nobody is home. Of course, it is easier for burglars to enter your house when you are away on a family vacation because they are less likely to be detected. Here are some tips for preparing your home to lower the risk of it being targeted and infiltrated by intruders while you are away.
Beware of Social Media
Social media has made it easy for people to share instantly their experiences with the world. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are some of the places where you could update your friends, relatives, and anyone online about your activities thousands of miles away from home. Although by regularly updating your friends about your vacation through social media will keep you connected, it could also provide would-be burglars with the much-needed information to decide when to break into your house. Despite the strong urge to share your awesome pics, don’t do it when you are still away from home.
Take out renter’s insurance coverage
Another way of ensuring your home is safe when on vacation is through purchasing a renter’s insurance policy. This insurance will offer protection far beyond the walls to cover important belongings in your house such as electronics and jewelry. There are a host of renter’s insurance policies to choose from depending on your needs and budget. Such a policy will give you a peace of mind in knowing that even if a break in happens, you will be compensated for your loss.
Leaving the lights on throughout your home when you are away will make it appear like there is someone in the house. However, this could lead to a huge electric bill especially when your vacation is a long one. Moreover, it may look a bit suspicious with the lights blazing the whole night. Installing timers will allow the lights to turn on and off depending on how you have programmed them. This can also reduce the electricity bill while keeping your house secure.
Stop your mail
Having a load of papers piled on your doorstep could inform would-be intruders that you are not around. When you are planning to travel, place a “stop” order on newspapers and mail. Alternatively, you may arrange with your friend or neighbour to pick them for you while you are away.
Ensure your security system is in good working condition
A security system can help in detecting movements inside and outside of your home. If you have one, ensure it is in good working condition before leaving. This will keep your house secure by alerting those around when there are unauthorized movements in your home. The good thing about modern security systems is that you can use a mobile app to monitor your home. This enables you to contact the local security agents on any suspicious activity in your home in real-time even while you are on another continent.
Although going on a vacation may come with many opportunities, there is always a risk of losing your valuables at home to intruders. Following some of these tips for protecting your home when on vacation will give you peace of mind in knowing things at home are in capable hands.