Securing Your Home While on Vacation: Tips for Peace of Mind
Going on vacation is a time to relax and unwind, but it is also essential to ensure the security of your home while you are away. Taking the necessary precautions will give you peace of mind and protect your property from potential burglaries. In this blog post, you will find practical tips and guidelines to secure your home while you are on vacation, allowing you to enjoy your trip without worries.
Install a Home Security System
Modern home security systems often include features such as surveillance cameras, motion sensors, and alarms. There are both wired and wireless surveillance camera systems. Wired systems are beneficial as they have a constant connection. Wireless is beneficial as they are much easier to install. One downside with wireless is the signal may be intercepted. Depending on the type of wireless system you choose, you may need to have a Wi-Fi connection for the system to work properly.
These cameras can be installed to cover a wide area of your yard. You should also choose a security system that allows remote monitoring and sends alerts to your mobile device in case of any security breaches. This may be a smartphone or a tablet.
The presence of visible security cameras alone can deter potential burglars.
Timers for Lights and Electronics
Use timers for lights and electronics to create the illusion of an occupied home. Set timers for lamps, TVs, and radios to turn on and off at different times throughout the day. This mimics regular activity and makes it harder for burglars to determine if the house is empty. If you choose to install a home security system, the security company can help you with these timers.
Secure Doors and Windows
Before leaving, double-check that all entry areas, such as windows and doors, are securely locked. Install deadbolt locks on exterior doors for more protection. Consider using security bars or window locks to prevent unauthorized access through windows. Sliding glass doors can be further secured by placing a rod or dowel in the track to prevent them from being forced open. Don't forget to secure any basement or garage entrances as well.
Securing doors and windows is also a part of home security systems. Sensors are placed on all windows and doors, so the security alarm is triggered if any are opened or broken into.
Secure Outdoor Areas
Ensure that sheds, garages, and other outdoor structures are locked and secured. Trim any overgrown shrubs or trees near windows or entrances that could provide cover for potential burglars. Consider installing outdoor lighting with motion sensors to deter unauthorized access.
A well-lit exterior can discourage criminal activity. A security company can install motion lights for you. Make sure you also include lights in dark areas of your yard where intruders can hide. The lights should be bright enough so intruders can easily be seen. If an intruder walks up to your home and things instantly light up, they will likely leave quickly.
Avoid Leaving Spare Keys Outside
Remove any spare keys hidden outside your home. Experienced burglars are familiar with common hiding spots, such as under doormats or flower pots. Instead, give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or family member who can assist if needed.
Inform Trusted Neighbors
Before leaving, inform trustworthy neighbors about your vacation plans. Share your contact information and ask them to keep an eye on your property. They can report any suspicious activities or unexpected visitors. Request their assistance with simple tasks such as collecting mail, newspapers, or packages, as piled up deliveries can signal an empty house.
Contact Security Services Northwest, Inc., to have a new security system installed. We can also install cameras and alarms.