We all love to take some time away from home and away from work to simply relax on vacation. This can be anything from a week away somewhere exotic to a simple trip to a bed and breakfast so that you can relax with someone you love for the weekend. Regardless, however, it can be fairly difficult to enjoy your relaxation time while away if you are too busy worrying about the security of your home in your absence. This can certainly be a problem with people who have not adequately prepared their homes to be safe in their absence, and it can unfortunately ruin vacations. Fortunately, however, it is not too difficult to keep your home safe in your absence here are a few helpful tips!
Be sure that your home security system includes working smoke detectors. Break-ins are certainly unfortunate, but they at least tend to occur without damaging your property a fire, however, can destroy your home while you are away, and can start in a complete accident. With smoke detectors installed, however, the fire department will be alerted if there is any indication of a fire on your property, and your home may be salvaged even in your absence.
Check on the rest of your home security system as well, to make sure that your alarm, as well as any additional features (such as motion detectors, trip wires, locks, security cameras, etc.) is in working order. If not, contact your home security provider to discuss upgrades and repairs before you go, and remember to set your system so that it can protect your home in your absence.
Leave a light on while you are away, but be strategic about it. Many criminals who break into homes watch their target homes for days before attempting a break-in, so it is important to make your home appear occupied without being obvious for example, if you leave a corner room light on, anyone watching the house can tell that the same light is on day and night. However, if you leave a few lights on in the interior of your home, it is less apparent that the same lights are on at all times, and you may succeed in fooling a potential criminal.
Ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your property while you spend a few days away. Not only can they pick up your newspapers in order to avoid a pileup another subtle indication to observers that you are out of town but they can also take note of any suspicious activity that may occur on or around your property. A watchful eye can be a vital aspect of home security.
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