Vacation Security

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An empty house offers a target for an opportunist burglar. It is important to safeguard your home while on vacation:

  • Consider installing a home security system with cameras, motion sensors, and alarms. Nowadays, many systems allow remote monitoring through smartphone apps.
  • Install outdoor surveillance cameras with multiple angles including back door coverage (not just doorbell).
  • Install motion-activated lights around the perimeter of your home to deter burglars and increase visibility at night.
  • Set timers for your indoor lights to turn on and off at different times. This creates the illusion that someone is home, deterring potential burglars.
  • Inform trusted neighbors or friends about your vacation plans. They can keep an eye on your property, collect your mail, and alert you if anything seems amiss.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are securely locked before you leave. Consider installing deadbolts, security bars, or smart locks for added protection.
  • Contact the post office and newspaper delivery to hold your mail and deliveries while you're away. A buildup of mail or newspapers is a clear sign that nobody is home.
  • Store valuable items such as jewelry, electronics, and important documents in a safe or lockbox.
  • If you have a security company monitoring your home, inform them of your vacation plans so they can keep a closer eye on your property.
  • Lock your garage and any vehicles left behind. Consider disconnecting automatic garage door openers to prevent remote hacking.
  • Do not hide keys outside a home. Instead, leave keys with a trusted neighbor. Tell them vacation plans, leaving a number where to be reached in an emergency.
  • Avoid posting about your vacation on social media until after you return. Broadcasting your absence can make your home a target for burglars.
  • If possible, hire a house sitter to stay at your home while you're away. This provides an added layer of security and ensures someone is present to respond to any emergencies.

 For more tips to keep your home safe, visit the Home Security page.