6 Tips to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Once all the work is done and you’ve made all the travel arrangements, bought your travel insurance and crammed all your clothes into your suitcase, going on a vacation is an extremely exciting time. Even with all that excitement and planning, however, there can still be a level of unease when leaving for your trip. That unease often comes from the security concerns that arise when leaving your home unattended. To help ease your mind, and help you enjoy your vacation to its fullest, make sure you take the right steps to protect your residence.

Invest in a Home Security System

If you don’t already have one and you know you will be traveling a lot, especially if you're a snowbird who leaves for extended periods of time, it may be worth investing in a home security system. Not only will it alert the authorities in the event of a break in, but it will also help protect your home from fire and flood. Knowing that your home is safe and secure while you are not there will give you peace of mind while on vacation.

Get Someone to Take Care of Your Property

No matter what time of year you are traveling, if you live in a house, it is a good idea to ask someone to take care of your property when you are away. Long grass in the summer, and copious amounts of snow in the winter are dead giveaways that you are not home. While it may cost you a bit of money to ensure your grass is cut or snow is shoveled, it will help keep your home off a burglar’s radar.

Keep Your Car in the Garage

Keeping your car in your garage is a good way to keep it safe while you are away. Unfortunately car theft is not uncommon, especially when the owners are away for a period of time. By keeping it in the garage you keep your vehicle out of sight, and away from potential harm. If you do not have a garage, see if someone you trust will let you use theirs, or find an available storage facility in your area.

Cancel Your Newspaper Subscription/Ask Someone to Pick Up Your Mail

Another obvious sign that you have gone away is a build up of mail and newspapers. If you are leaving for an extended amount of time, and subscribe to a newspaper, contact the publication and ask if your service can be put on hold until you get back (this will also save you money one service you will not be using while you are away). As for your mail, ask a trusted neighbor or nearby friend or family member to collect your mail for you. This way there is no buildup of mail, and any bills or anything else with personal information is not left unattended in a mailbox for long.

Keep a Light On

If your home is dark for a few days in row, it could be pretty obvious that you are not home. By keeping a light on that can be seen by an outside window, it will make burglars think twice before targeting your home. Alternatively, your have the ability to put your lights on timers, set them to come on after dark.

Make Sure Everything is Locked

While it may seem obvious, it is best to error on the side of caution and double or triple check that all doors and windows, as well as your garage, are locked and secure. It is unwise to leave a key outside, even if you believe is it well hidden. So, if you wish to leave a key behind for emergencies, leave it with a trusted neighbor and a friend or family member.