4 Tips To Keep Your Home Safe When You Go on Vacation
It's that time of year when the family reunions are planned and everyone
is headed out for their summer trips. The annual road trip, boating excursions,
and romantic cruises are all taking place. It's also a time here in
the Chicagoland area where thieves stake out homes to burglarize while
folks are gone. More troublesome than a roof repair or window replacement,
a home broken also affects the owners much more than just the physical
damage and loss. Yet, you can protect your home, with or without a security system.
There are many ways you can give your home security a boost, and in turn,
have more peace of mind while you enjoy your excursion.
1. Get a House-sitter. Even if you don't have the means to hire a full time house-sitter,
you can ask for the help of a trusted neighbor or friend. Have then drive
by often and check on the condition of your home. Give them your contact
information so they can get a hold of you if anything looks fishy.
2. Notify Neighborhood Watch. If you have a neighborhood watch association, let them know you will be
gone so they can keep their eyes out for you as well.
3. Limit Social Media. It may not be the best idea to broadcast your trip on your Facebook, Twitter
or other social media channels. Although Facebook does have privacy options
to help you keep your posts more private, Twitter can easily be accessed
online by anyone. Use discretion and practice caution when making any
posts related to your trip.
4. Be Consistent. Be careful with changing a lot of your at home behaviors like leaving
all your lights on or closing your blinds. Things that are unusual can
actually tip someone off that you are not home. When blinds or curtains
are closed, it can also make it harder for your trusted friend to detect
if something is going on inside your home. Having a few lights that are
on a timer is a good idea. Motion sensor lights for outside will go one
if there is movement coming up to your home. This is a great deterrent.
Try and leave your home looking like it does when you are home.
There are many trusted home security systems you can implement as well.
These 4 tips can also be a great addition to that. Have a safe and enjoyable
summer from Apex Exteriors.