Keeping your home safe while away

Keeping your home safe while away

The bags are packed, and you’re ready to go! Then it hits you...did you prep your home for vacation? While traveling is something most people plan months for, sadly, it's not the same with precautionary home measures.

This article outlines simple steps you can take to keep your home safe while you're away, helping to bring you peace of mind!

Security system

While this first suggestion is an investment, installing a security system is something you can utilize while you are away or at home. There are various home systems to select from on the market with a range of features available. However, installing the basics of cameras, motion sensors, window and door sensors, and placing a lawn sign out front can go a long way in helping to deter potential break-ins.

Also, most companies now provide footage at your fingertips, so you can feel confident that your home is well taken care of by simply checking a live feed on a mobile device or computer!

Smart timers

Whether you’ll be gone for a couple of days or a couple weeks, smart timers make creating the illusion that you’re home easy! Setting smart timers to turn your lights and TV on and off to imitate your regular schedule will help deter burglars by making them believe the home is occupied. This is a lower investment that is both easy to use and set up!

Social media

Not always at the top of mind for home security, social media can be an open door for potential home invaders. While you may be excited to share your adventures, don’t be too quick to announce where you’ll be or when you’ll be back on social media. Whether your account is private or public, you can never be too cautious about who is viewing your comings and goings. Rather, share in-the-moment updates with close friends and family over a private chat and wait to post about your travels on your social channels until after you've returned home!

Secure your home

While the most common task to complete before heading out for any extended period is to lock the doors that lead into your home, don't overlook also locking any upstairs and downstairs windows, pet doors, and the garage. Preparing your home can be as simple as securing these potential burglar entries. Taking these steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe.

Wrapping up

While you're away, the last thing you want is to worry about the state of your home upon your return. Implementing these simple yet impactful safety measures will allow you to fully enjoy your vacation without concern, knowing that your home is well-protected! For more helpful tips on managing your home and community, visit our "Community tips" blog collection.