From business trips to vacations and trips to the in-laws, there are many occasions where we must leave our home unattended. Criminals often target homes that appear uninhabited, meaning that your house could be at risk for a break-in while you’re away. Knowing how to leave your home when going away will help prevent criminals from taking advantage of your absence.
Here are a few tips to keep your home safe while you’re out of town.
Have someone watch your home
The best option is not to leave your house uninhabited at all by having house-sit. Whether you ask a neighbor, friend, or family member, it is often a good idea for someone to keep any eye on your home while you’re away.
A neighbor or friend can pick up your paper from your driveway, take your garbage can to the curb, or watch for any signs of suspicious activity around your home. If a friend or neighbor isn’t available, you can hire someone from a professional agency to stay in or check up on your home.
Stop incoming mail
If you plan to be gone for longer than a weekend, ask your local USPS to stop delivering mail to your house for the duration of your trip. An overflowing mailbox or packages stacked against your door may tip off a potential burglar that no one is home. Once you return home, you can drop by the post office to pick up your mail and resume deliveries.
Turn on automatic timers
When thieves look for homes to break into, they often notice houses that have stayed dark for several days. If the porch light never turns on or a window never lights up, it is a sure sign that the residents are away.
If you don’t mind the electric bill, you can leave the porch light and a few other visible lights on while you’re away. However, a better solution might be to install automatic timers that will turn certain lights on at night and off during the day.
Install a security system
If you don’t have anyone to watch your home while you’re away, a security system will act as an extra pair of eyes and protect your home. Choose a security system equipped with cameras that allow you to monitor your home 24 hours a day. By alerting police as soon as the alarm is triggered, your home will be protected even when you’re out of town.
Already have a system? Call your security company to inform them of your upcoming travel plans. That way, your company will take a triggered alarm especially seriously.
Enjoy your vacation and install a comprehensive home security system. With 24 hour access to security cameras, an easy to use alarm system, and wireless connectivity, Sonitrol provides high-quality protection. Questions? Reach out to us at online or at (843) 258-8226.