When most people leave for a vacation or to visit family, they often do not think about what they are leaving behind. Your home is always at some risk once you leave and this is why it is so important to put measures in place to protect the home when you are away. These security tips will help you travel with confidence and not have to grapple with unpleasant surprises when you get back.
Install a Security System
Installing cameras and motion detector lights can help deter criminals. They can be used in conjunction with loud sirens to deter criminals who choose to ignore the cameras and lights. Also, the cameras can help you capture everything that happens at the home so that it is easier to file a police report if your home is broken into. You can also get real-time monitoring for the home if necessary. The security company you hire to keep an eye on the home can alert the police or a neighbor if they see an unwanted person near the home.
Halt Mail Delivery
A pile of mail will alert anyone passing by that you have not been home for a few days. The post office can hold your mail for you when you go on vacation. All you need to do is fill in a form and let the post office know you will not be home for some time.
Have the Right Insurance
Although having insurance will not help deter a would-be criminal, it can help you save money on replacing your belongings or repairing the home in case of a break-in. Get in touch with an insurance company to find out what the right type of insurance would be for your home.
The type of insurance you get should cover the home from arson, break-ins as well as damage to a part of the house. If the insurance does not cover damage caused by break-ins, you can get additional insurance for damaged entry points such as windows by getting window damage insurance or any other appropriate insurance.
Also, ensure that the insurance you get covers your belongings. Maintain meticulous lists of all your belongings to ensure everything that can be stolen is replaced if the unthinkable happens.
Check Your Doors and Windows
Closing all the doors and windows before you leave might be obvious for most people, but people often forget about additional doors and windows in their homes. Sliding glass doors require extra attention to ensure they cannot be slid open. You can also place a block on the door’s sliders to ensure it cannot be opened from the outside.
Upstairs windows are often forgotten too, so check all of them as well as any other potential points of entry upstairs.
Make the Home Look Occupied
To keep criminals at bay, make it look like you are at home. You can put your lights and television on a timer or leave a locked car in the driveway and have someone watch it for you.
Lots of break-ins happen when people are away on vacation and where there are obvious signs they are not at home. It is therefore important that you have protections in place and do everything you can to avoid giving away the fact that you are not at home.