Summer vacations are great, there's no denying it, but they can also present some unique security concerns. Being away from your home for days at a time leaves it wide open to be targeted by burglars. That doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy a nice vacation, it just means you need to take certain precautions.
Here are 4 tips on keeping your home secure while you're traveling this summer:
1. Lock Everything Up Tight
Of course you're going to lock your door as you leave this summer, but what about your windows and your garage? Windows and garages are perfectly viable entry points for a burglar and they'll likely go around checking each and everyone until they find one open. It's all too easy to open a window for some air and then forget to lock it and burglars know this as well. Don't give them this opportunity. Make sure you check your garage and every single window on your house to make sure it's locked. There's no window too high up or too small — if it opens, it needs to be locked.
2. Let Your Neighbors Know You're Leaving
Before you leave ask your trusted neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. If you aren't on good terms with your neighbors you could also ask friends or family to stop by to check on things. In fact, you might want to do that anyway. It's good to have someone keep an eye on the house but it's even better to have someone who can actually enter the house and check things out personally. Burglars like to case a home before they strike, so having people coming and going while you're away is often enough to scare them off.
3. Don't Advertise Your Vacation
This doesn't mean that you literally can't tell anyone. You should just be careful of who you tell and how you tell them. Constantly advertising the fact that you'll soon be out of town on Facebook or other forms of social media is just asking for trouble. Your friends probably won't rob you, but a friend of a friend of a friend who somehow ended up on your page might.
This rule applies during your vacation as well. It's natural to want to take pictures and share your trip with friends and family, but you can do that just as well by messaging them personally. Once you're back home you can upload all of the pictures you want. Until then, try to keep it confidential.
4. Get A Home Security System
Modern home security systems don't just protect you while you're at home — they protect your home while you're away. Remote control apps allow you to monitor cameras, arm and disarm security codes, and control your lighting no matter how far from home you are. With 24/7 professional monitoring if the worst does happen and someone breaks in, the police are immediately notified. Some systems will even monitor your home for signs of fire and flooding and alert the authorities if necessary.
At J&J security we bring together the latest technology and the brightest minds in home security to make your home a safe and comfortable place. Please, contact us today to read more home safety tips and to check out some of our affordable home security plans.