Vacations are supposed to be a time for rest and relaxation, but worrying about the security of your home can keep you from getting all the enjoyment you should out of your time away. These three simple tips to keep burglars out could reduce your risk of burglary, so that you can relax and enjoy your vacation.
Monitor Your Home Remotely
Even when you are hundreds of miles away, you can still keep an eye on your home by using a remote monitoring system. When sensors detect an intruder in your home, staff in a remote monitoring center will be alerted to the possible threat. The monitoring company can assess the threat and contact the police if necessary. You can also choose to receive alerts on your mobile phone to let you know what’s going on at home while you are away.
A remote monitoring system can effectively raise the alarm if your home is invaded. However, you should also take steps to deter and prevent burglars from entering your home in the first place. These next two tips can help keep burglars out of your home while you are on vacation.
Don’t Advertise Your Absence
Burglars are more likely to target a home if they know that it is empty. You can avoid advertising the fact that your house is empty by using an automated system that will turn lights on and off and open and close curtains or blinds to make it look as though you are at home. You could also ask a neighbor to go around to your house every few days to check that everything is okay. Any burglars watching your home will be put off by seeing that someone is keeping an eye on the house. If you are going to be away for a longer period of a month or more, consider asking a trusted friend or family member to act as a house-sitter for you.
If you do ask a neighbor to go into your house and check up on it, give them a key and tell them to keep it safe. Do not leave a key outside your home to allow your neighbor to gain access. Burglars know all the stereotypical hiding places – under the doormat, behind a plant pot, inside a fake rock – and will easily find your key and help themselves to your belongings. Leaving a key in an unsafe location could also void your home insurance policy, preventing you from claiming your losses.
Guard Against Intruders
In addition to deterring potential intruders, you should also consider how you could make it more difficult for them to gain access. You can now purchase sturdy security doors that look attractive, while also keeping your home secure. Make sure that each door is fitted with a reliable lock to keep burglars out.
Consider all possible entry points to your home, including windows on the first floor and higher floors. By fitting locks to all your windows and getting in the habit of using them whenever you leave your home, you can help keep burglars out while you are away. Fitting the right kind of window locks could even reduce your home insurance premiums, as the amount that you pay to the insurance company is determined partly by the risk of your home being broken into.
Enjoy Your Vacation
Improving the security of your home could help you relax and enjoy your vacation, safe in the knowledge that your home is protected from burglars. In addition to securing your home, you should also ensure that you have adequate home insurance to cover your home and possessions.