Home security is of the utmost importance when you are not home. With Spring just around the corner, we are officially entering into “vacation season”. One of the last things you want to worry about while on vacation is the safety of your home.
We all know burglars like “easy” targets. A vacant home can be the easiest of targets, if you do not have the proper plan in place to secure it.
When preparing to leave for your vacation, it is a good idea to use a checklist to make sure you haven’t left your property vulnerable to intrusion. Here are a few items which should be on your list.
You want to either ask a neighbor or relative to make sure your mail and newspapers are picked up daily. Also, have them check for flyers left on door. If you do not have anyone you trust, another option is to put a “hold” on your mail and newspaper delivery for the time you will be away from home.
Do not publicize you are leaving your home unattended for a period of time. You do want to alert a trusted neighbor or family member, so they can keep an eye on your house.
Use timers for your lights. Also, set a radio to auto-on at certain times a day. Invest in motion sensors for outside lighting.
An unkempt yard allows a possible intruder know that someone could possibly be away. Home security is important outside, too.
If you don’t have a car being left at home, ask a neighbor to park one of theirs in your driveway. Try to give the appearance you are coming and going.
Even though it is tempting to let your social media circle know that you are planning or are going on vacation, it is better to keep it off of the internet until after you return. Home security needs your discretion.
Walk around your house (inside and out), right before you leave and check to see everything is secure. If you own a home security system, make sure it is armed.
Luggage sitting in a car is alerting everyone who sees it, that you are ready to leave your house unattended.
Ultimately, the best way to keep your home safe is to install a monitored security system. With a monitored alarm system installed, you can feel peace of mind, even if you are not home.
If you would like more information on the benefits of installing a home security system, please call Northeast Security Systems at (201) 529-0100.