We feel excited when we leave for a vacation that comes as a welcome respite from everyday life. However, this excitement, unfortunately, tends to make you forget crucial things about your home security.
You’ve packed all the essentials, booked your trip, bought the snacks but are you 100% satisfied that your home will stay safe when you are away. Alarming right?
To keep you satisfied and away from these worries, we have listed down what you need to ensure before leaving for a vacation.
Ensuring Security Inside The House
For complete security, you need to protect your house from the outside as well as from the inside.
Start by setting timers on interior lights. The goal is to make it look like your house is not empty and you are still there. It is an excellent method to keep your home safe because no burglar would want to enter a house full of people, or at least it is less likely to happen.
Alert Your Alarm Company
It is better to have an automatic alarm system installed long before your leave for vacation. Then, when you are leaving, call your home security representative and inform them about your absence.
Ensure that all the alarms are functioning correctly and are turned on when you leave the house. Moreover, you can also get a remote monitoring service on your smartphone to be double sure that everything is in its place.
Set The HVAC
84% of the houses in the US are using HVAC systems. Therefore, not setting HVAC working will be a clear sign that you are not at home. Many people tend to forget about this. Always make sure that the HVAC has a programmable thermostat. Make sure that the battery is working. Set the thermostat to lower your heat and air conditioning usage.
Ensuring Security Outside The House
The key to making your home safe while on vacation is to make it look like you never left home and someone is always present.
Stop Mail And Newspaper Delivery Service
When it comes to protecting your home, you need it from the inside as well as from the outside. So get arrangements for the lawn if you have any. Stop newspaper delivery service and mail service. Because if you don’t, there will be a pile of newspapers and mail on your doorstep, which will not give the idea that someone is at home.
Secure The Garage Door
Even if you lock all the doors and windows of your house but forget to secure the garage door, your house might be at risk of a burglary. This is why it is important to secure your garage door even if it does not offer an entrance to your house.
There’s a high chance that any household items that you store in your garage might be stolen if you are not vigilant about its security.
The Bottom Line
We hope that this list helps you keep your home safe and secure while offering you peace of mind so that you have a good time with your family. However, keep in mind that no amount of protection is too much. According to the FBI stats, there is a burglary happening in the US every 30 seconds. This means two houses are being burglarized every two minutes. Your home could be one of them if you are not well prepared and well protected.