Planning for your vacation doesn’t just involve picking the right walking shoes and arranging flights and accommodations. An essential part of making sure that your trip is truly enjoyable is to make arrangements to keep your home safe and secure from mechanical issues that may damage your property and, more importantly, break-ins and burglary. These home security tips for frequent travellers will help give you peace of mind so you can enjoy your trip!
Home Security while on Vacation
Keep your travel details private
- Many adults and young adults live their lives on social media. Though you may be tempted to share your exciting travel plans with all your friends and family, it’s safer not to broadcast online that your home will be unoccupied for a certain period of time. Share your travel details with family and close friends, for your own security, and wait until you return to post photos and messages online.
Make sure you don’t change your answering machine message to indicate your travel plans or leave notes on your door for delivery/ mailmen either!
Home security systems
- The cost of a home security system and monthly monitoring service may deter you from this solution but if you’re a frequent traveller, it’s essential. A reliable alarm system adds an obstacle for would-be burglars who want to access your home and valuables quickly. Consider installing a smart alarm system, which allows you to monitor your home online or via a tablet.
Once you have an alarm system, don’t forget to lock the doors and arm your system before you leave.
- You want your home to appear to be lived-in when you’re away for an extended period of time. Consider installing timers on lights in your home to give the appearance of normal daily activity. Also consider installing motion sensors on exterior lights, which will help deter burglars from approaching your front door and trying to break in under the shroud of darkness.
- Avoid the temptation to hide your key under a doormat or in your mailbox. Burglars want to access your home and valuables quickly and they will always check these areas first. Don’t make it easier for burglars to get into your home.
- Just like having locks on your doors, you should invest in break-resistant glass or securing devices for your windows if you’re a frequent traveller. If a burglar can’t access your home through the front door, they will try to break windows.
It also might be a good idea to use window coverings to help hide the fact that you’re on vacation and the home is unoccupied.
- Keeping a tidy home is generally a good idea but it’s essential when you’re away. Specifically, you’ll want to dispose of or put away bills and receipts with your personal (banking information) that might allow for identity theft. If you’re not bringing your computer with you, consider putting it in a safe or hiding it from plain view.
Make Friends with your Neighbours
- It’s always a good idea to get to know your immediate neighbours. These are people you will see and interact with regularly and they’re the perfect candidates to keep a close eye on your home if you’re away.
Consider joining your local Community Watch organization and help promote greater safety and security while also reaping the benefits yourself.
Ask your friends to visit
- If you don’t have neighbours who can keep an eye on your home, ask a trusted friend or family to visit your home while you’re away. They can pick up your mail, check for mechanical issues, and even water the plants. The frequent traffic will help deter burglars from staking out your home for their plans.
- If you’re planning to be away from home for several weeks, consider shutting off your main water valve and draining your toilets to prevent water damage from sudden leaks in your home. Also, consider unplugging smaller appliances and your computer to protect from electrical shortages.
Maintaining Your Sense of Security
The key to enjoying your vacation or leaving your home unoccupied for a certain period of time without anxiety is being prepared. Sit down and create an inventory of security measures already in place and make plans to execute new security initiatives. At the end of the day, it’s not just damage to your home or the loss of valuables. When a burglar breaks into your home, your sense of security in a place you spend time in with your family is rattled. That emotional damage takes much more time to repair. Avoid the experience altogether by creating a plan and covering all your bases.