Home Alone: How to help keep your home safe when you’re on Vacation. The following are just a few of the recommended steps you can take to protect your home when you are away.
– Create the Illusion of Someone Home – Beyond setting your lights on a timer, you can also set the television and radio on a timer to create the typical noise and flickering lights of an average family home at night. Leave a car in the driveway. Arrange for someone to mow at least once a week. If you normally leave toys outside, or keep a hose unrolled, or do anything that shows signs of a home being lived in, don’t tidy up too much before you leave.
– Mum’s the Word – Never, ever announce your departure or vacation dates on social networks. Sharing settings are not foolproof and with new security updates it’s always hard to tell what’s public and what’s private. Stay on the safe side, and don’t mention your trip – until you’re back, with tales to tell and photos to upload!
– Hire a house or pet sitter – The best way to make sure your house is safe while you’re gone is to have someone you trust still living in it. There are services you can use for house-sitting and pet-sitting while you’re away.
– Hold your mail – When you’re leaving for more than a couple of days, call your local post office to stop mail delivery until you get back. They can hold mail from three to 30 days. In many locations, you can even submit a stop mail request online. Just enter your address and stop and start dates. This is a free feature courtesy of your friendly United States Postal Service.
– Advertise Your Security – Especially when you’re away, it can be a great idea to advertise your security measures. If you’re worried that alarm company signs will clue thieves in to how to break in, buy signs from a different company. Install fake security cameras (the kind that look authentic). Do whatever it takes to get across the message, “This is not the home you are looking for.”
– Trust a Friend – Give your vacation contact info and a spare key to at least one friend or neighbor. That way, they’ll know how to contact you in case of emergency.
– Unplug – Unplug all unnecessary appliances (except those on timers, of course) to protect your home from an electrical fire or power surge. This goes for the big stuff, like TVs, but also for your toaster, your coffee maker, and other small appliances.
– Hide the Hide-a-Key – It’s impossible to forget your key if you’re not even home, so go ahead and take any hidden spare keys out of commission. Just don’t forget to re-hide them when you return!
– Alert Your Alarm Company – Call your home security company to let them know you’ll be away. Make sure all of the door and window alarms are set and working when you leave.
Posted on behalf of the North Salmon Creek NA, original source: safesoundfamily.com