Vacation season is upon us. Most people will be leaving their home for a week or so during the summer months. There are many things you can do to protect your house while you’re away.
- Make sure your property is well-lit, the windows and doors clearly visible. Burglars love thick shrubs and shadowy entrances.
- Use timers on interior/exterior lights and a radio or TV to make it appear as if someone is home.
- Make arrangements to have your lawn mowed, leaves raked or deliveries picked up.
- Let a trusted neighbor know you’ll be away and when to expect you back. Give them a phone number to contact you in case of emergency. Also let inform them if you using a house sitter. Give the trusted neighbor a key and ask them to walk through occasionally. Things like a broken pipe or freezer can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time.
- If you’re leaving your car at home, park it in its usual spot. Or ask your trusted neighbor to park in your driveway. Keep drapes and blinds in their usual positions.
- Lock your doors.
- Stop your newspaper and mail or get a neighbor to collect them for you. Same goes for any deliveries. Have the same neighbor put out your trash and bring the can in as normal.
- DON’T post your plans on social network sites, announce it on your answering machine, or otherwise broadcast your upcoming absence. Tell your Facebook friends all about your trip AFTER you’re home.
- Put valuables like jewelry in a safe deposit box.
- If you have a home security system, use it. It’s also a good idea to let your alarm company know you’ll be away and how to reach you.
- Unplug small appliances.