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Going on Vacation? Be Sure to Secure Your Home While You're Away

July 12, 2022

Going on Vacation? Be Sure to Secure Your Home While You're Away

You’ve been planning a much-needed vacation. Keep in mind, nothing can ruin a wonderful vacation quicker than returning to a home that’s been burglarized. Follow these tips to take the necessary precautions to protect your home or apartment while you’re away.

A home that looks empty is an open invitation to a thief

  • Arrange for a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home.
  • Stop your mail and newspaper delivery while you are out of town, or make arrangements to have them picked up while you are away. Packages left on a doorstep are a dead giveaway that a home is empty.
  • If you do not have a home security system with automated features, put your lights on timers rather than leave them on all the time.

Keep valuables out of public view

  • Even a grill or tools left outdoors can be tempting for a person looking for signs of an easy break-in.
  • If there is anything that would be worth stealing which can be viewed through a window, move it out of sight, or better yet, lock it away.

Do a quick overall safety check

  • Are all locks on windows and doors, including screen doors, in good working order?
  • If you have motion sensors or security lights around your home, make sure the lights are working properly.

Don’t discuss your vacation plans on social media

This is critical in the age of cybercrime and expert hackers when burglars scour social media to locate potential victims.

  • Don’t send photos or post photos from your vacation while you are away. Have fun sharing them once you are back home.
  • Keep answering machine, voicemail and email messages simple and straightforward. Callers should only hear that you are not available at the moment. They do not need the dates of your departure and return or highlights of your travel itinerary.
  • Change or disable your privacy settings and the apps that have access to your location as necessary if you will not need the services while you are away.

To have more confidence about the safety of your home while you are away, be sure to follow these simple steps.

Portions of the article were previously published by MMBB.

 

 

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