Our homes are our sanctuary and when someone breaks in, it feels like a complete violation. Did you know that in 2019, there were over 1.1 million burglaries and close to $25.3 billion in property loss. Pretty scary, right?
As travel season approaches, it’s important that you keep your home safe from becoming another one of unfortunate homeowners who have had their homes violated. We have some tips from top agents on keeping the burglars at bay while you’re on vacation.
1. Make sure everything is locked
Before you leave for your vacation, make sure all of the doors and windows are locked. Even if you think no one will climb up to the windows on the second story, you don’t want to take any chances!
2. Keep the mailbox empty
If you’re going to be gone for a length of time, contact your post office and newspaper delivery service to put the deliveries on hold. If it’s only going to be a few days, ask a neighbor to collect the mail and paper until you return.
3. Invest in a security system
A security system is a good way to keep the burglars at bay, but you can also keep an eye on it yourself if you have a system that connects to your smartphone. It’s also worth noting that they not only protect your home, it can increase the value of it too. You can use a home value estimator to see just how much one of these systems can affect the value. Should you decide to put your home up for sale in this hot seller’s housing market, buyers will appreciate this feature.
4. Ask someone to keep up with yard maintenance
During the summer, the grass grows very quickly, especially if you live in an area with a lot of rain. Ask a neighbor or a friend to come by and mow the lawn periodically while you’re away. A trimmed lawn gives the impression that the homeowner is still around.
5. Set timers on lights throughout the home
By putting timers on your lights throughout the house, intruders will think that the family is still home. Set the timers for the usual times that you’re home and awake. You can do this with the television and the radio as well.
6. Keep your car in the driveway
If you have more than one car or you’re using a rental car, keep your car in the driveway. Again, this gives the intruders the impression that someone is home and will be more inclined to stay away.
7. Do not keep spare keys in their hiding spots
If you have a hide-a-key, make sure you take it with you. Or, if you have someone coming to check on the house every now and then, don’t leave the key in it’s hiding spot – give them the key instead.
It can be hard to contain your excitement when you’re going away on vacation but you need to make sure you don’t post many details (if any) on social media. Someone could find those details and use them to figure out when you’re leaving, how long you’ll be gone, and would be likely to ignore the other safety measures you’re taking.
9. Hide your valuables
This may seem like an unnecessary step considering all of the other safety precautions you’ll learn, but it still is important. If you have jewelry, expensive electronics, accessories and the like, take the time to lock them up in a safe or just hide them from plain view.
10. Have a friend house-sit
If you want an extra layer of security, ask a friend or family member to house-sit for the duration of your vacation. That’ll give you the peace of mind in knowing that your house is fully protected and you have someone you trust watching over your home.
Going on a vacation is exciting, but it can be nerve-wracking. However, if you employ these tips before you go on your next getaway, you should be able to actually relax and enjoy your trip.