The highest amount of burglaries take place in the months of July and August when people are taking summer vacations. Whether you are leaving on a business trip or for a family vacation this summer, don’t get so wrapped up in the planning and fun that you forget to cover your bases at home. Follow these tips to ensure your home stays safe while you are away.
Going on a great trip can be a great time to tell all your friends and family how much fun you are having. However, it can also alert people of your every move and exact location. Be cautious and aware of what you are sharing on social media or better yet, wait until you get back to let everyone know how much fun you had.
Give a trusted friend or family member a spare key to your house so they can pop over and check in on things while you are away. If you are leaving during the winter months, also ask this person to run your facets to avoid frozen pipes.
Have your security system tested
Did you know that homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be broken into? Make sure you have a security system installed and that it’s properly working before you leave on a trip. If you have a ‘security system installed’ sign that you can place outside your front yard, do so. If you don’t, contact your security system company and see if they can give you one. Burglars are much less likely to target your home if they see this sign in front of it. And of course, make sure to turn your security system on before you leave and make sure the person checking on your home knows how to disable and enable it.
This seems like an obvious one but you may be surprised to find out that 30% of break-ins are through an unlocked door or window. You will obviously remember lock your doors and close your garage when you leave for a trip but make sure to do a quick walk through to make sure all windows are locked as well.
Unplug things like lamps, the TV and small appliances. Not only is this a safety precaution but it can help you save money on your monthly electric bill.
Have someone pick up your mail, newspaper and cut your lawn
To ensure your house doesn’t look empty, have a neighbor, trusted friend or family member come over and pick up your mail and newspaper. If you will be gone for longer than a week, consider hiring someone to cut and clean up your lawn so nothing looks unattended to.
Notify your local police
If you live in a small town where this is possible and are leaving your home for over a week, let the police know. They may be able to do an extra drive by of your house while they are out regularly patrolling.
What precautions do you take when leaving your home for an extended period of time? Let us know in the comments section below!
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