Summer is a great time for family vacation—the sun is shining, the kids are out of school, and you’ve made plans to leave the house for a fun and relaxing family getaway. Unfortunately, the summer months are also the most popular times for burglars to break into your home. If you’re planning on taking a family vacation this summer, there are a few things that you should do in order to increase your home security and allow for a peaceful and worry-free getaway.
Entrust a friend with taking care of your home
If your house appears uninhabited, it is more likely to become a target for robbery. In order to make sure that your house remains secure, it is important to designate a friend to visit your home and property regularly. By also having them pick up your mail and bring trash cans in and out, you can project the appearance of inhabitation on your empty home and dissuade burglars from making your home a target.
Refrain from announcing your whereabouts on social media
The social media of today has its perks, allowing you to stay in touch with distant friends via posts on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, but it also finds its downfall with the ease in which it allows strangers to find and access vital information pertinent to you. Be careful about what you put on social media so that you can decrease your chances of a burglar discovering that you’re away from home.
By setting different timers for lights, radios and TVs in your home, you’ll be creating the illusion of occupation and thus decreasing the chances of having your home broken into. Additionally, having a home automation system that will allow you to manually control the appearance and security of your home from afar can make your home’s inhabited appearance even more convincing.
Don’t forget to put any valuables such as jewelry, money, or important documents away in a well-hidden and durable safe, just in case a burglar does manage to find his way into your home. Because most burglaries typically happen in less than ten minutes, not only is finding the safe unlikely but so is the probability that the burglar will have enough time or strength to drag such a heavy object from your home.
Notify your security company
When you’re planning on being gone for longer than a weekend, it’s always a good idea to alert your home security company of your absence. This way, they can be on the lookout for potential home invasions and are ready to contact the authorities immediately at an instant’s notice.
Vacation is a time of stress-free relaxation with your family. Don’t let your family’s happiness and peace of mind be disturbed by coming home to a burglarized house. Amongst these other preparations for leaving your home unattended, having a reliable and safe home security system in place can be the greatest deterrent against burglars, as burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems. You can find out more about how to protect your home during summer vacation by contacting us at J&J Security Services.