When it’s time to head out town for a fun, exciting vacation with your family, the last thing you want to worry about is how safe your home and your belongings will be while you’re away. With people going away at random moments throughout the year, intruders are always on the prowl. With there being no way of knowing when someone will strike, it is important for you to take the necessary precautions to keep your home safe.
Here are a few tips you can following to keep your home safe and prevent a robbery from occurring while you are away.
Give the appearance that someone is in your home.
While you are away on your vacation, to ward off potential intruders, giving the appearance that someone home may be one of the best ways to do. You can do this by having your lights set on a timer or keeping a car in the driveway. If someone notices one or both of these things, they may be more likely to keep moving right by your house when trying to decide what home they want to enter.
Don’t announce that you won’t be home over social media.
There is nothing wrong with sharing with friends and family members that you are planning to go away for a few days, but you may not want to take your excitement to social media and share it with the online community. This is a bad idea for two reasons: you can’t trust that no one on your friend’s list won’t try to enter your home while gone and someone you don’t know may be able to see that you are going away. Depending on your privacy settings, anyone who looks at your profile may be able to see your status. If you decide to post information about your trip, you may want to double-check your privacy settings and decide if you can really trust everyone you have as a friend.
Have a neighbor or family member check in
Having someone check in on your home while you’re away can help prevent a robbery because who ever you trust with this duty will be able make sure things are working properly, such as the timer for your lights, or collect your mail so it is not piling up. While it is helpful to try to give people the appearance that someone is home, having someone stop in will allow appearances to be kept up until you return home.
Keep valuables in a safe, secure place.
Just in case you are a victim of a home invasion, you may want to invest in a safe to keep all of your valuables and important documents away from intruders. Chances are, whoever decides to come into your home won’t want to take the time it may need to crack a safe. If you have a security system, they may not even get a chance to attempt it.
Prevent accidents from occurring.
It is common for people going out of town to unplug electronics, turn off their water and take all the necessary steps to prevent an accident from occurring while they’re gone. Fires, floods and other messes can happen, but if you work to prevent these accidents from happening, your home will still be standing when you return.
If people are really set on breaking into to your home, then they will attempt to do so no matter what measures you take to prevent it. However, these tips may ward off those are not brave enough to take that risk and invade your home. Knowing that you have done everything you can to protect your home and belonging, you will be able to enjoy your vacation without stressing about a potential break in that may or may not occur.