We’ve all been there— you’re finally on the road and hours into your trip when you think, did I lock the front door? Burglaries are common while families are on vacation, so we’ve put together a list to ensure that your home and belongings are protected.
- Lock doors and windows. Have someone else double-check in case you missed any.
- Put your mail on hold, or have a neighbor check your mail and take any packages.
- Leave a light on. At night, if there’s some sort of light in the house, burglars will typically assume that someone is home.
- Leave a car in the driveway or in your parking spot. If you can’t, ask a neighbor to do so. Burglars will be deterred from breaking in if they think someone’s in the house.
- Have a security system in place. Make security camera obvious to potential intruders.
- Consider having someone housesit, or at least check in every day.
- Don’t publicly announce that you’ll be away on vacation. With social media, we all love to post photos while on our trip, but wait to upload those pictures until you’re back home.
- Keep curtains and blinds in their normal positions. If you always have them half-open, for example, having them closed for a week gives off the impression that you’re away.
If you make it look like someone is home, burglars likely won’t spend any time trying to see if it’s true. Entrust a neighbor with keeping tabs on your home.
When you’re on a trip, you deserve to relax. By utilizing this checklist, you won’t have to worry about what’s going on at home!