As not only Memorial Day approaches but summer vacations, as well, it is time to start thinking about putting home security measures into action. While on vacation the last thing you want to be thinking about is something awful happening to your home. Here are some preventative measures you should consider to avoid burglary, vandalism, or even trespassing.
Perhaps one of the best ways to protect your home is by installing a monitored security system. For superior observation, place security cameras by front and back door entrances, sides of your home that face away from the well-lit streets, and even by first-story windows. Because of today’s advanced technology many security systems can be checked right from your smartphone. These systems can even send you alerts/notifications for possible disturbances, allowing you to contact the authorities, while you are away if needed.
Another deterrent for potential intruders is a well-lit house. Placing your inside lights, such as lamps, on timers is a good way to maintain the appearance of an occupied household. Motion activated lights on the outside of your home are also an effective way to defend against threats and to light up those dark areas outside of your home.
No Spare Keys
Even though they do come in handy, avoid leaving spare keys hidden around the outside of your home when you leave for an extended period of time. Trespassers are becoming wise to the looks and locations of hide-a-keys. To prevent keys from being found, if you must leave a key, give a spare set to your neighbor, or another individual whom you trust, to allow them to check on your house while you are gone.
Know Your Neighbors
When leaving for vacation, inform your neighbors so they can keep an eye on your house. Ask them to pick up any mail or newspapers from the front of your home. You could also hire someone to “house-sit” for you while you are away.
We hope these tips help ease your mind about your home’s safety while you are enjoying a nice relaxing vacation getaway.