Travelling is something that millions of people all over the world love to do. While traveling throughout 2020 and much of 2021 has been difficult, travel is finally starting to become more common again.
However, when you travel, it is very important to make sure your home is safe. A ton of American families deal with unfortunate break-ins, most of which occur when a home is empty. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to keep your home and family safe while travelling, and this blog post is going to go over a few of them.
Secure Your Home
The best way to protect your home while on vacation is to make sure it is secure. You need to make sure everything is closed and locked up, from the doors, to the windows, to the garage.
In addition to locking doors and windows, having a security system is a good idea. These often feature cameras, alarms, lights and sensors to keep your home safe. They can make windows more secure, alert authorities the second a break-in happens, and some can even let you remotely view the inside or outside of your home.
Having a secure home with a security system in place can give you peace of mind knowing you are protected. Despite all of these benefits, well under half of Americans own a security product of some kind.
Keep Your Plans Private
When you and your family go anywhere, even for a day or two, it is a good idea to keep that private. There is no need to instantly hop on social media and let the world know you are leaving and where you are going. Only those who need to know should be told.
With billions of people being on social media, you never know who will see your post or tweet and may see it as an opportunity to break in. The chances of this occurring is still low, but there is no reason to let the world know your home will be completely empty for a period of time.
Make It Look Like Someone is Home
A great way to deter burglars and other criminals from your home while you are on vacation is to make it look like someone is home. Very few burglars are interested in entering a home when someone is home. You can put lights on automatic timers, and even have someone park a car in the driveway.
Also, have a neighbor grab your mail and if you are gone for a while, ask someone to come mow the lawn or shovel the driveway and front steps, depending what time of year you are gone. All of this gives the appearance of a regularly-functioning home and not one that has been empty for days or weeks.
Have Someone Look Over the House
If you can have someone look over the home when you are gone, it can be a huge help in deterring crime or minimizing the damage if something does occur. This could be a friend or family member who stays in the home, or simply a neighbor who watches over the home to ensure nothing shady is going on.
Of course, be sure you can really trust the person. The last thing you want to do is have someone house sit for you that you hardly know, and then have them steal things or have a huge party in your house.
We hope that these tips have been able to help you keep both your home and belongings safe while you are on vacation.