Home Security Tips For Summer Vacation

06/26/2018

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For those of you planning on spending an extended amount of time on vacation this summer, you may be wondering what you can do to make sure everything stays secure at home while you’re away. And while it’s not good to dwell too long on all the bad situations that could potentially happen, it’s still a good idea to have a few security measures in place that will help give you peace of mind. Here are a few security tips to consider when planning for that long awaited summer vacation:

  • Stop Mail/Newspaper: You’ll want to notify your local post office and put a hold on receiving mail until you return from summer vacation. If you don’t want to put a hold on your newspaper subscription as well, you can reach out to a neighbor and see if they’d be willing to collect it while you’re gone. This is an important step because burglars look for stacked up mail and newspapers to help determine whether people will likely be home or not.

  • Light Timers: An inexpensive solution that can be used with lights, televisions, and even radios. Setting these timers will have your light (or device) go on/off at different times throughout the day to give the impression to an outsider that somebody is home.

  • Door/Window Locks: Before you leave for your vacation, it would be best to go around the house and find all the locks on any doors or windows to check for any wear and tear. Anything that is not functioning properly should be replaced at once. If you have a security system in your home, it would also be a good idea to check all the batteries to ensure they still operate effectively while you’re away.

  • Trim Bushes Near Home: Large bushes or plant areas right outside your home can sometimes create hiding places for potential burglars to camp out and scope out your property. In the case someone tries to do that, having smaller bushes will make it harder for them to hide without a neighbor noticing them.

  • Outdoor/Security Lighting: Another popular and rather inexpensive security option. Install some motion sensor or security lighting that gets really bright when something (or someone) approaches the area. Bright lights like this are more likely to deter a potential burglar.