You’re ready for vacation but have just one big concern…will your home be safe while you are gone?
If you have a home security system from My Alarm Center, you can be sure you’ve taken appropriate measures to protect yourself.
Now most of us know that we should have a neighbor check on our home while gone and that it’s wise to stop the newspaper and mail service. You may even need someone to cut the grass while you are away. Here are some more advanced tips to guard your home while on vacation.
Don’t Let Thieves Know You Are Away
Facebook has become one of the best friends of burglars. They simply scan Facebook looking for posts about people’s vacations and their vacation photos and then come to do their dirty work.
Don’t let this happen to you. If you want to share your vacation and travels with people online, do so when you are back home.
Airport parking lots are also home to thieves. They’ll break into cars looking for garage door openers and car registrations (looking for your home address). Hide your garage door opener really well, or leave it at home.
Get rid of your clever hiding places for your house keys. Good thieves know all the tricks and even neighborhood vandals know to look for fake rocks and under the welcome mat.
Although it’s nice to have a friend check-in while you are away, use your smart phone and home camera system to check on your home in real time. Most systems can even send you alerts if something is wrong.
Avoid Household Disasters
You need to protect your home against more than just thieves while you are on vacation. Other disasters can happen.
Unplug your electronics. High summer temperatures can create power surges that harm your gadgets. Protect them by unplugging them before you leave.
Look for drops of water and rust or corrosion around your water heater. Although there is no sure way to know when a water heater will start leaking, a simple check before you leave might prevent a problem while you are gone.
Don’t make the mistake of turning off your air conditioning while on vacation. Experts say in humid summers like we have in many parts of the country, a hot home attracts mold. Keep the thermostat somewhere in the mid-80s to avoid this problem.
My Alarm Center wants you to be safe while on vacation. Protect your home by following these tips. You may also be interested in learning what you can do to stay safe while traveling. Read our safety tips while traveling.