Summer is coming to a close, and many families are heading out on vacation or weekend getaways to soak up these last few weeks. When going out of town, it’s important to make sure your home is secure, as burglaries peak during the summer months. Here are some things you can do to keep your home safe while away:
- Set timers on your lights. Keeping a light on for a few days drives up the energy bill, so use timers to turn on your indoor and outdoor lights. A completely dark home signals to burglars that no one is home.
- Pause your mail or ask a neighbor to grab it. It’s pretty obvious that you’re not at home when mail starts to pile up on your porch, especially packages. Pause your mail and newspaper deliveries or ask a neighbor to pick them up and hold them for you until you’re back.
- Bring in any spare keys. If you’ve got a spare key hiding under the doormat, bring it inside or give it to a neighbor for safekeeping.
- Check that all windows and doors are locked. Double-check that every entrance to your home is locked. You should also lock the door that leads to your garage in case someone does manage to break into it. That way, the inside of your home is still protected.
- Don’t leave valuables in plain sight. Put away any laptops, gaming consoles, or other expensive items. If someone looks through your window, something valuable will only give them more reason to try and break in.
- Ask someone to house sit. One of the surest ways to prevent break-ins is to have someone house sit. Burglars are unlikely to try and break in when they know that somebody is home.
- Arrange lawn care (if not handled by HOA). If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, make sure someone will be mowing your lawn. Overgrown grass is another sign that no one has been home for a while.
We hope you can relax and enjoy your vacation knowing that your home is protected!