It’s that time of year again; summer vacations and long weekends cannot come soon enough for most people. Before you pack your bags and leave your home, follow these safety tips to prevent break-ins or other issues when you’re gone.
- Avoid posting photos or check-ins on social media
Although it’s tempting to share your latest status and induce FOMO on your friends, wait until you’re back home before telling the world that you and your entire family are 500 miles away.
- Close blinds and curtains
Deter would-be burglars by making it difficult to see inside your house. If they aren’t sure whether someone is home or not, the chances of breaking in greatly diminish.
- Turn on lights or use timers
Plug-in timers are by far the best option, since they can be set to “random” on a time schedule. If you don’t have a timer, leave on a few small interior lights and perhaps one exterior.
- Leave on a radio or TV
Choose your favorite channel and leave it on a medium-level volume.
- Ask a friend or neighbor to check in
Find a trusted friend to check on your house or grab your mail while you’re gone. If you get newspapers delivered it’s a good idea to get them picked up rather than piling on the driveway like a neon “No One Is Home” sign.
- Do a final walk before leaving
Ensure everything is unplugged, the stove is off, and consider turning up your thermostat a bit to save energy and money!
Unfortunately break-ins happen everywhere, but following these tips will help make your home as safe as possible while you’re away vacationing.