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Things to Do Before Leaving On Vacation:


Things to Do Before Leaving On Vacation:


                As Summer approaches it usually means a lot of families find themselves leaving on a vacation. With all the excitement of the upcoming trip it’s easy to overlook taking steps that can help keep your home safe while you are away. We’ve come up with a handy list of items to do before you head out the door for some rest and relaxation.


1)      Social Media Is Not A Place For Vacation Announcements:

Of course you might feel compelled to announce your amazing vacation plans over social media or load pictures of your adventures while you are still on your trip. However, sharing this information could put you and your home at a big safety risk. Keep your plans a secret from the world wide web and wait until you get home to update Facebook with all those amazing pictures you took while you were away.


2)       Ask a Friend Or Neighbor For Help:

Having someone you can trust check in on your home is always helpful if you plan to be away for an extended vacation. They can help put your trash can out on garbage day, bring in your mail, or make sure newspapers don’t sit in your driveway. Be sure to give them a key instead of leaving one in a hiding place that someone can get to. Also be sure they have their own alarm code for your alarm system. It also won’t hurt to bring them back something special from your trip as a thank you for their help.


3)      Update Your Call List:

If you have a monitored alarm system, be sure to make any necessary changes to the call list while you will be away. It won’t be helpful to call your cell phone if you are on a cruise ship and won’t be reachable. Instead you might consider placing a friend or family member that will be able to gain access to the house moved temporarily to the top of the list.


4)      Pull The Plug:

Unplug your television, computer, and other appliances to help protect them from power surges. Many appliances use power even when they’re turned off, so saving power while you are away is always helpful.


5)      Test Your Alarm System:

Did you know you are supposed to test your alarm system monthly? It’s something a lot of home owners overlook. Testing your alarm before a vacation is always a safety must! Don’t wait until the morning of your vacation though! You never want to realize your alarm system is having trouble, but not have time for a service call. Instead we recommend testing your alarm a few days before it’s time to leave.


5 Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know:

Helping keep your home and family safe is important to us and we know it’s important to you. Here are some things burglars don’t want you to know, but WE DO!


1)      They love driving around neighborhoods on trash day to see who has boxes outside for new high ticket items at the end of their driveway. That huge flat screen television you got your husband for his birthday might not be around next week. Make sure you break down boxes and conceal them inside your trash bin. While you are at it, make sure newspapers aren’t piling up when you are away and that you have someone pull out your trash bin for you when you are gone to make it look like you are still in town.

2)      Landscaping serves a purpose other than just helping to have the prettiest house on the block. Burglars love houses that have overgrown shrubs near windows that are easy to hide in. Trim those bushes down and keep your home and family safe! No one wants a burglar hiding anywhere near their home.

3)      It’s very common to see large mirrors in the entry way of homes. Burglars love them, but aren’t looking to check their own reflection. Instead they might just be looking at the reflection of your alarm system. Is your alarm system able to be seen from the outside because of windows and mirrors? Moving that mirror might be just what you need to do. Make sure your alarm isn’t able to be seen from the outside so burglars aren’t aware of when your system is disarmed. 

4)      Not everyone is afraid of heights… in fact even though people assume otherwise burglars will go through second story windows to gain access to a home. Don’t just contact lower level windows and doors. Be sure to use sensors, glass break detectors and motions on all levels of your home. It’s quiet common for children’s bedrooms to be on the second floor and that’s the last place you want anyone gaining access to.

5)       Burglars have real jobs too… and they might just be working in your home. They can be fixing your broken air conditioning while also checking out what’s inside your home and even unlocking windows to gain access later. Always use companies that do background checks and never let someone into your home that you haven’t made an appointment with ahead of time.

Burglary Prevention Tips

In the United States burglaries are happening every 15 seconds. Being proactive to help keep your home and loved ones safe is a must in today’s times. People sometimes think of burglars coming into homes late at night, wearing black to avoid being seen. However the majority of burglaries happen when the sun is shining bright…usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when people are likely to be away from their homes. Making your home appear occupied even when you are not there can decrease your chance of your home being targeted.


-          Use automatic timers for lights to go on and off when you are away from home.

-          If you will be away for an extended period of time have someone you know and trust pick up your mail and newspapers so they aren’t piling up.

-          Don’t forget to ask a neighbor to put out your trash can on trash days.

-          Turn your phone ringer done when you are away and if possible have calls to your home phone forwarded to your cell phone when you are gone. Burglars sometimes call a home first to see if someone is there.

-          Do not post about upcoming vacations on social media or post pictures of your vacation while you are away.

-          Always keep your car parked in the garage to avoid a potential burglar noticing the times you are home and the times you are away.

-          Consider a doorbell that has a built in camera and contacts you on your phone when someone is ringing the bell.

-          Did you know installing a monitored security system doesn’t just help catch criminals but also decreases your chances of being burglarized in the first place? Homes without alarm systems are targeted more often than homes with systems.