Home Security Steps to Take Before Going on Vacation

Thursday, December 7, 2017
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There’s nothing worse than going on vacation and coming back to find that your home or personal belongings have been destroyed or stolen. Though home security should always be a top priority, when you’re away, the risk of having your home burglarized or vandalized increases. So, when you’re going away for a while, it is best to take a few extra precautions to ensure you return to your home just the way you left it. Below are a few home security tips to consider when traveling.

Notify Your Security Monitoring Service

If you have a home security system that also includes home monitoring services, you should reach out to them before you leave. When they are notified that you’ll be away from the home, should the alarm trip, they’ll be more proactive and inclined to call the authorities right away.

Check Your Insurance Policy

There are a lot of things that could go wrong while you’re gone that could pose a threat to your property or belongings. From robbery and vandalism to natural disasters and home system breakdowns, you want to make sure that you’re covered. One method of protection is to have adequate insurance. If you don’t have property insurance, you can find affordable policies and get either homeowners insurance or a renters insurance quotes depending on your living situation. If you already have property insurance, contact them to double-check your coverage. This way, should you return from vacation and something is wrong, you can get it remedied right away.

Tend to Your Lawn

You may not have thought of lawn care as a priority before taking a trip, but it is very important. Thieves are looking for homes to burglarize that are easy targets. They look for signs that the owner is not home. An unkempt lawn is one of the indicators that the property is either abandoned or no one has been home for a while. Simply cutting the grass, raking the leaves, or clearing the snow before your vacation decreases the likelihood that your home will be broken into.

Remove the Spare Key

Keeping a spare key somewhere around the premises is common. Should you get locked out or there be an emergency, you or someone who knows where the key is can easily enter the home. However, thieves are very good at finding hiding spaces for spare keys. If they find it, they can access your home without causing a disturbance. Remove the key and instead provide it to someone you trust so they can check on the property while you’re away.

Stay Off Social Media

In a world where sharing your daily moves is popular, social media has become the platform for sharing everything. Though it might be tempting to start posting about your plans or even taking pictures while you’re vacationing, this is a surefire way to let suspicious people know that you’re not home. Keep your travel plans offline until you’ve returned home.

Whether you’re traveling domestically or traveling abroad for the first time, you want to make sure that home is taken care of. Unless you want to come home to stress, it is best to be proactive. These home security measures will ensure that while you’re away, your home is safe and sound.

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20 comments:

  1. I always have my mail held at the local post office so that it won't pile up while I'm away. And the lawn service takes care of my lawn. I also have someone stop by to check on things. And, we always leave a car in the driveway, too. You can never be too careful with home security. Great tips!

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  2. Yes, this is so important. When we left this summer, we had someone check on our home at least. I try not to post on social media, but it's hard not to!

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  3. This is definitely very important. When I go on vacation I usually don't say anything until after I get back. I do not need people to know that I am not home.

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  4. We make sure to let our next door neighbor and neighbor across the street know when we are going to be gone and have family pick up mail and check on the house. We've lived in our home for over a decade now and each of us, always let's the other know when we are going out of town. It really helps having great neighbors who are also your friends.

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  5. When we go on vacation we always have a family member that lives nearby drive by our home every other day and check things over and grab our family. You've given some good tips!

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  6. When we lived in Europe our home was robbed twice. Talk about being scared and not feeling secure. Having a home security system is very important.

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  7. We have a strong neighborhood. It helps to know my neighbors watch out for me. These tips are great too.

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  8. These are some great tips, it really is important to make sure your home doesn't scream hey I've gone away.

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  9. These are super important tips to keep in mind. Good timing since most people are going on holiday vacation during this time of the year!

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  10. Removing the spare key is always a good idea. I also think tending to the lawn is a wise move. These are fabulous tips for any homeowner who is going on vacation.

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  11. You make some good points. I was just suggesting to someone new to social media that they be very cautious about vacation pics, and suggested she delay posting them until a later date.

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  12. These are some very good ideas. I usually have my parents house sit so I don't have to worry as much.

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  13. Awesome tips! It's the season of vacation and trips and we really need to make sure our homes are safe. It is hard not to post update on social media but safety is more important.

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  14. The one I always forget (until it's too late) is to call our credit card company and let them know we'll be using it away from our regular haunts. There's nothing worse than being on the road, being declined, and trying to get ahold of them. x

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  15. These are great tips! We have cameras installed as well so we can keep an eye on things.

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  16. This happens to us when we came back on our honeymoon. This was one of the worst feelings in the world.

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  17. Good tips. I always make sure a good friend pops round to collect mail and check the house over when we are away. Also the social media sharing thing is oh so important these days too.

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  18. Been there, done that. When I was 14 we went away to Florida for the holidays and came back to find our house had been robbed. It was such a feeling of violation - especially since I was quite certain it was some kids at school who did it. Thank you for sharing these important tips.

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  19. These are great tips! Our house was once robbed years ago. I think I was still in high school then. It was devastating! Now, me and my family live in a community where there are night patrol people. At least it makes me feel secure when we leave the house. If we would be gone for a long period of time, I ask a relative to house-sit for us until we get back.

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  20. Posting on social media with your real time location should really be considered. Indeed this one is the very easiest way to track you. Making it as a public post is not recommended.

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