Summer vacations are tons of fun. Unfortunately, they are less fun when you come home to a house that has been burglarized. This has always been a fear of mine and is one of the reasons why we always take some special precautions before going out of town. Summertime is prime time for burglars who can case a house and know when a family may be out of town, leaving the house open for easy pickings. If you are planning a vacation this season, be sure to consider some of these summer safety tips.
Install a Home Security Device
There are a million different kinds of home security devices that can be used to help protect your home while you are away. From door and window alarms and sensors to fully fledged and monitored security systems that can have the cops at your home in a matter of minutes. Having even the most basic system in place however can help deter a potential burglar.
Advertise Your Security System
Want to further deter potential thieves? Use those home security signs that come with most systems. You can also purchase your own online or at your local store. Most burglars would rather skip over a house with security signs then take the chance of getting caught.
Have Someone Check In Regularly
If you have a pet that is going to be left at home or have someone who will be getting your mail, have them stop by regularly. Stacked up newspapers in the driveway and a mailbox full of mail is a surefire sign that you are not home an advertisement to burglars. Having someone stop by regularly to check the mail and look in on the house is a great idea while on vacation.
Before you leave, consider leaving your porch light on, an inside light on or even installing some security motion sensor lighting outside the home. Burglars are less likely to make their move on a well lit home where they will be far more visible to potential witnesses.
Don’t Inform Others of Your Plans
Unless you are close friends with your neighbors, it may be best not to inform them of your plans to leave on vacation. As the infographic above shows, burglars are not as far away as you may think. It is very possible that you may have one living near your home and in your own neighborhood.
What tips do you use to protect your home when going on a summer vacation?