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Solved! How to Secure Your Home When You’re on Vacation

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You’ve been counting down the days to your dream vacation for months. The plane tickets are booked, the bags are packed, and you’re ready to embark on an adventure. 

But amid the excitement, a nagging worry creeps in: “What if something happens to my home while I’m gone?”

We’ve all heard the horror stories – a neighbor returns from their trip to find their home ransacked by burglars or worse, damaged by an unexpected disaster.

According to the FBI, there’s a burglary every 15 seconds in the United States. That’s a chilling statistic that can quickly put a damper on your vacation vibes.

Now the good news: with a few smart precautions, you can kick back on that sandy beach or explore those ancient ruins without constantly worrying about what’s happening back home.

Let’s dive into some ingenious tips that will give you the peace of mind you deserve on your hard-earned getaway.

The Old-School Tricks

Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the most effective. These low-tech security measures have been keeping homes secure for generations, and they’re still worth implementing today.

First up, create the illusion that your home is occupied, even when it’s not. It’s like that old saying, “The mail never slows, but the perpetrator goes.” Okay, maybe that’s not a real saying, but you get the idea.

Ask a trusted neighbor to park their car in your driveway occasionally and collect any mail or packages that might accumulate.

Next, set some lights and electronics on timers to simulate activity in your home. Imagine a burglar peering through your window, only to see the flickering glow of your TV and hear the faint sounds of a radio playing. They’re likely to think twice before attempting a break-in.

And let’s not forget about securing those entry points. Reinforce your doors and windows with sturdy locks, strike plates, and even dowels or broomsticks in the track (because sometimes, you’ve got to get creative!).

The Smart Home Security Revolution

In today’s high-tech world, there are even more sophisticated ways to protect your home while you’re living it up on vacation. Smart home security systems have revolutionized the way we think about home protection.

With just a few taps on your smartphone, you can arm your security system, monitor live video feeds from your security cameras, and even control your home’s lights and locks remotely.

It’s like having a virtual security guard watching over your property 24/7.

There are many companies on the market, one of the best ones are SimpliSafe and ADT. These systems typically include motion sensors that can detect any unauthorized movement and immediately alert you (and the authorities, if necessary). Some even integrate with smart assistants like Alexa or Google Home, allowing you to control your home’s security with simple voice commands.

But perhaps the coolest feature of smart home security is the ability to receive real-time notifications and footage if something does go awry.

Imagine being able to see exactly what’s happening at your home, no matter where you are in the world. Talk about peace of mind!

The Final Checklist

Before you jet off on your adventure, there are a few final steps to take:

  • Keep your vacation under wraps: Avoid posting about your trip on social media or talking about it openly until you return. You never know who might be listening (or scrolling).
  • Document your valuables: Take pictures and note down the serial numbers of your precious belongings, just in case the unthinkable happens.
  • Hold the mail: Either stop deliveries or ask a neighbor to collect your mail and newspapers while you’re away.
  • Create an illusion of occupancy: Park your car in the garage if possible, and ask a neighbor to occasionally use your driveway.
  • Simulate activity: Set timers for lights to turn on and off in the evenings.
  • Maintain a manicured look: Arrange for lawn mowing and garbage collection if you’ll be gone for more than a week.
  • Leave your curtains and blinds as you normally would when you’re home.

With these tips in your back pocket, you can finally relax and enjoy your well-deserved vacation, knowing that your home is secure and protected. So go ahead, sip that piña colada, and make some unforgettable memories – your humble abode is in good hands.

Don’t let the fear of a home invasion or disaster ruin your next vacation. Implement these simple yet effective security measures and travel with complete peace of mind. Your home (and your sanity) will thank you!

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James Mora is the founder of DailyHomeSafety. He is a home improvement expert, contractor, avid DIYer, and security manager. He is passionate about home repairs, remodeling, and teaching. Read More