Spring break trips and Summer vacations. Great family time, fun activities, and memories that last a lifetime.
Here are 10 tips to secure your house while you're away, so you can have peace of mind while away with your family.
1. Maintain Your Privacy
It's nice to share your plans with a few friends who can share the excitement with you, but announcing your plans to most of your neighborhood, and your social media connections, is no longer a wise thing to do. Home safety rule number one says: Keep your plans to yourself so you don't tip off criminals who are paying attention.
2. Unplug Electrical Appliances
After burglars, the next thing to threaten home safety is an electrical appliance mishap. Make sure to pull the plugs on every electrical device in your home to prevent electrical fires in the event of a power surge. In addition, power will be consumed even if appliances are turned off but plugged in, so conserve electricty and unplug.
3. Mail Pickup
While you're away, someone needs to pick up your mail so that piled up mail and newspapers don't lead potential criminals to your home. If you can't find a volunteer to do this, put a stop to your mail and deliveries for the duration of your trip.
4. Program Your Lights
Leaving all the lights in your house on for a week will barely fool a potential robber into thinking you're at home. Time your lights to switch on and off at different times during the day and night.
5. Block Visual Entry Into Your Home
You don't want people to know you are not home, so make sure they can't peak inside. Remember to draw the curtains and block clear views into your home through windows and door glass.
6. Regulate Tempuratures And Check For Leaks
Water heaters, pools and hot tubs all need to be turned down to save energy and to avoid overheating. All faucets should be checked for leaks before leaving.
7. Lock Down!
Lock everything down, from your driveway to your windows. Locks on sliding glass doors and windows are the easiest to miss so make sure you fasten them first!
8. Neighborhood Watch
Have a trusted neighbor or friend keep an eye on your home. If newspapers are in the driveway, or if something's amiss, they can take care of it. Also, if they see something unusual, they can call you and also call the authorities if necessary.
9. Utilize Your Home Security System
A home security system that monitors your home for you all day is going to give you the peace of mind you deserve. Door sensors, smart locks and lights, will help keep trouble away, while giving you updates on your smartphone to keep you informed of your home's safety.
10. Share Home Security Codes
Find someone you trust and leave a house key and security code with them so that alarms can be easily armed and disarmed when required. If you are leaving for longer than a week, its best to tip off the police or the neighborhood watch about your plans. Keep your circle tight and make sure only the right people have access to your house while you're gone.
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