You could say that burglars are opportunists: they keep a close watch on residences until they spot a weakness that they can exploit. An unoccupied house is a tempting and relatively easy target! But there are ways to keep your home safe while you are away.
Here are five tips to protect your home so that you can relax and enjoy your vacation worry-free:
1. Don’t let it be seen that you are absent
The first thing you need to do to keep your home safe while on vacation is to make it look like it’s not vacated. If it’s summer, hire someone to mow the lawn. An overgrown area suggests that the occupants are absent. If it’s winter, hire someone to shovel any snow accumulation around your house. A driveway that has not been cleared after a snowfall and the absence of tire tracks are sure indications that no one is home.
Don’t let the mail pile up. Ask the post office to stop delivery or ask a neighbor to pick up your mail every day.
2. Also, illuminate the exterior
Lights outside your home can also make a big difference when it comes to keeping your home safe. Thieves want to be as discreet as possible, and if one target doesn’t allow them to hide, they may move on. Install lights to illuminate the house, especially entryways. These can be powerful, motion-activated lights or smaller, solar-powered lights that turn on after dark.
3. Don’t publish your plans on Facebook
The rise of social media has encouraged people to share all aspects of their lives, even when they shouldn’t. Telling people that you are going on vacation not only announces that your home is vulnerable. Likewise, avoid posting photos and other vacation updates until you get home, as they make it clear that your home is unoccupied.
4. Reinforce the entrances
The need to lock your doors is obvious, but the gesture is only really effective if the lock and the door are solid. Ideally, a front door should be at least an inch thick and made of metal. Deadbolt locks are recommended as they are more secure than a door handle lock. Performance and security testing with Invisi-Gard helps ensure the reliability of your door lock.
Don’t forget the patio doors! Their locks often lack robustness and offer little protection against a determined burglar. Simply add a solid stud in the track on the inside to prevent the door from sliding and opening.
5. Use a full-size safe to store valuables in your home
Fireproof safes provide protection against many disasters, including burglaries. It is a great place for keeping jewelry and other small valuables. If you don’t have a safe, remember to keep your valuables out of sight so that someone looking out a window won’t be able to spot them. It is also a practice to adopt at all times for the safety of your home, even when you are not on vacation.