Let your friends and family know
The best way to protect your home from potential incursions is by letting your closest relatives and friends know. Besides telling them, you could also give them an extra key and ask them to check the house every once in a while. If you’re worrying about leaving something on, ask them to check it for you. That way, you will be able to sleep at night without thinking about gas leaks or electrical discharge inside your home.
Take care of the spare keys
If you’re one of those people who keep their spare keys under the doormat or a flower pot, this one’s for you: take the spare keys with you. Who knows who may find them, and it’s like a free invitation into your home while you’re gone. What if someone already knows about your spare keys, and is waiting for you to leave to take advantage of it? Bring the spare keys with you or leave them inside the house where it’s safe. Don’t take any chances; it’s your house that we’re talking about.
Let the police know
Sometimes, you can just let the police know that you’ll be out of town and they will send a patrol to check on your house every once in a while. This is one of the best ways to prevent burglary, and you get it for free. The police will be performing their duties, burglars will think twice before breaking and entering and your house will remain safe.
No more mail and magazines
The last thing you want to happen while on vacation is for your mail to pile up in front of your doormat or mailbox. If you don’t stop your subscriptions and mail from being delivered, everyone will find out that you’re not at home just by looking at your mailbox. Stop all the deliveries, and ask the post office to hold it for you until you come back from vacation.
Leave the house as it was
One of the most common mistakes people do when going on vacation is leaving their curtains closed, lights off and gate locked. This is a clear message stating that no one’s home, and a free invitation for thieves and burglars to break in and steal your belongings. So, what you should do is quite the opposite: leave the curtains as they were before you left, perhaps even leave a hallway light on to give false impression that there’s someone around.
Consider hiring a housesitter
Move all the expensive things so that they are not visible through the window. We’re taking laptops, jewelry, and other small and expensive things. The rest should remain the same. You can also go with house sitting and hire someone to take care of your home while you’re gone. Explore your options before you go.
One cannot be careful enough when it comes to home security. Take all the precaution measures you want and ensure your home stays safe while you’re basking in the Caribbean Sea. Let your closest friends and family, as well the police know you’ll be away for a while and enjoy your vacation knowing that your home is well protected.
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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In her free time she enjoys exploring new and exciting destinations with her family.
Site updated on 4. January 2018