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June 15, 2010

Tips for Vacation Home Security

Sadly, gone are the days when we could simply lock our doors and rely on a trusted neighbor to care for our home while we’re away. As the school year winds down and summer vacations loom on the horizon, it is a good idea to consider how you’ll keep your home safe while you are gone. If you know you are going to be absent for an extended period of time, there are several steps you can take to help your home appear to be lived in.

Home Security Vacation Preparation

Keep your entryway clean.

If solicitors are regularly leaving materials at your door or in your driveway, ask a family member, friend or trusted neighbor to collect these items for you.

Put your newspaper and mail on hold.

Most post offices and newspapers will temporarily suspend delivery to avoid items from accumulating in your mailbox or driveway.

Eliminate potential hazards.

Unplug appliances and other electronics that aren’t in use while you’re way.

Make sure the home looks lived in.

Ask your neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway while you’re away.

Don’t forget the yard work.

If you don’t already use a lawn service, consider hiring one. Burglars look for homes with tall grass, weedy flowerbeds and untrimmed hedges.

Keep spare keys hidden.

Be sure to move spare house and car keys to a safety deposit box or other secure location.

Use a custom home security system.

Statistics show that homes with an in home security system have significantly lower break-ins than homes that do not have alarms.

Don’t announce you’ll be away.

Try to tell as few people as necessary that you’ll be out of town. Avoid announcing your absence on your answering machine, voicemail, Facebook or other social media outlets.

Keep exterior buildings locked.

Lock up all ladders, tools, and other items that could be used to aid in burglary.

Although there are no guarantees that someone won’t break into your home, these preventative measures can help lessen the chances you will be victimized by a home invasion.