How to Secure Your Home While on Vacation
It’s vacation time! You packed your bags, booked your tickets, and your much-needed relaxation is about to begin. But, picking up and leaving for long periods of time can put your home at risk. There is a wide range of things that can happen while you’re away. To make sure none of those things occur you need to take the necessary steps. Start with a quality home security measure and you can keep your home protected while on vacation.
Putting together some security safeguards for your home will help you relax on vacation. Let’s go over some ways you can help prevent home break-ins so you can enjoy your time away from home.
Don’t Leave Your Keys Out
You leave for vacation, but you still need someone to care for your pet at home. You find your fake rock and secure your key inside and while you might be thinking that your hiding spot for a spare key is brilliant, it’s not!
Thieves know all the common hiding places for keys, such as in a flowerpot, under the mat, behind a window shutter, and in other areas. With so many smart home security features offered today, such as automatic door locks and keypad entry codes, leaving keys outside is no longer the best practice. The best thing that you can do is take your keys with you and loan a spare to someone you know.
Unplug Any Non-Essential Electronics
Unplugging non-essential electronics, such as televisions, laptops, coffee machines, and fans, can save you money on your energy bill while you’re away. The energy used by electronics while they’re not actually in use – also called phantom power – accounts for as much as 10% of your annual energy bill. Unplugging electronics also protects your home from electrical surges, which can cause electronics to short out or even start a fire. Electrical fires account for 13% of all home fires in the United States, and there’s little you can do about it if you’re away from home when anything goes wrong.
Don’t Post on Social Media Until You’re Home
Posting to your social media feed is an easy way to find out your home is not secure. As tempting as it is during your trip, try to be discreet when posting on social media. Focus this time on relaxing and taking as many pictures as you wish. Then, once you’re home, post your pictures for your friends and family to see. If you really want to post while you’re away, you can set most of your social media profiles to be private or with limited access from those you haven’t followed or added as a friend.
Have Someone Keep an Eye Out
For a trip that will keep you away from home for a long time, someone should check in on your home from time to time. Tell a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member that you’ll be out of town. Have them retrieve your mail, shovel snow, cut grass, and give them a spare key. By having someone you know to stop by every day or two, as well as continue regular routines (putting out trash cans, bringing in deliveries, etc.) you can avoid the chance of a burglar targeting your home.
Consider Investing in a Home Security System
DIY security measures work for certain things, but a professionally installed security system gives you the peace of mind you need on vacation. A home security system that is protected and monitored 24/7 makes it easier to relax and enjoy your time. Features like the MyGuardianAlarm mobile app allow you to control every part of your home security, even when you’re not at home. Always be in control with a connected home security system that lets you view live & recorded footage, receive disarm photo alerts, and monitor your home no matter where you are.
Contact Guardian Alarm to find which alarm features best fit your needs for home security while on vacation or not. Our specialists will perform a complete security assessment to determine product placement, teach you how your new system works, and ensure that you feel both safe and comfortable. Plus, we operate our own 24/7 local monitoring center, guaranteeing that your system is always standing guard and keeping you safe.
Whether you’re relaxing by the beach or hiking in the mountains, Guardian Alarm provides you with the unmatched security features, technology, and monitoring you need to enjoy your vacation. Should you need additional peace of mind, our security specialists are local and available to address any of your concerns. At the end of the day, it’s more than just protecting your home during a vacation. Guardian Alarm keeps you, your family, and your home safe through years of dependable service.