Vacation is supposed to be a relaxing time, but stressing over whether or not your home is safe may keep you from enjoying it to the fullest.
Here are a few tips to give you some peace of mind while you’re away on vacation!
Ask Someone to Check in On Your Home
Getting to know your neighbors is always a great idea and even more so when you’re not going to be around for awhile. Let a trusted neighbor know that you will be away on vacation and ask them if they wouldn’t mind just keeping an eye on things while you’re gone. If you don’t have any neighbors or aren’t comfortable asking them, ask a family friend or family member to drop in on your home once in awhile while you are away.
Drop in Remotely
You have your choice of home security cameras and many of them are quite affordable. Most of these cameras also give the option of viewing them on an app or your computer from anywhere in the world!
Install Timers on your lights
Much like the newer security cameras, there are a slew of electronic options to put your lights on timers to make it look as though you are home. If you’re not too keen on the digital route, you can even install the old time timers that plug right into an outlet and work off an analog timer.
Stop Your Mail
If you know you’re going to be away for awhile and your mail is usually left in an outside mailbox or at your door, contact the United States Postal Service and let them know you’ll be away. They can stop delivery for a period of time. Also, avoid purchasing items on sites like Amazon.com leading up to your vacation.
Don’t Leave a Spare Key Out
Is your spare key under the flower pot on your front porch? Many spare keys aren’t well hidden. Bring them inside when you’re going away for awhile or give them to someone you’ve asked to check in on your home.
/Hide Your Valuables
If your house is broken into, make it even harder for thieves to get anything good by stashing your most valuable or prized possessions either in a very safe place or in a safe itself.
No matter where you’re headed this summer, have a safe time on your vacation!
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