1. Don't Announce Your Vacation on Social Media
We know this might be difficult for some people, but it's one of the best steps you can take to secure your home while you're away. When you arrive at your destination, it's also important to resist the urge to "check in" via your social media apps. Checking in not only tells your social media connections where you are, it also shares it with the world because most "check-ins" are public. And, instead of posting photos while you're on vacation, wait until you get back home. This lets you share your vacation experience without letting everyone know when you're gone.
2. Have a Neighbor Bring in Your Mail
This one is easy. Just a quick text, phone call, or knock on the door to your neighbor is all it takes. Give them the dates you'll be gone and a bag to collect your mail. When you return, you could give them a small gift card to say thank you, or if they have a sense of humor, bring back a T-shirt for them that says, "My neighbors went on vacation and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."
3. Lock Doors and Windows
It seems like a no-brainer to lock all your windows and doors before you go on vacation, but it can be easily overlooked. Locking your doors and windows is one of the best ways to keep your home safe from burglars who often go door to door looking for an easy entry. Don't make it easy for criminals to invade your space-go room by room and double-check every lock on every window and door before you leave.
4. Keep the Exterior of Your Home Maintained
If you're going to be gone for more than a week, hire the kid down the street to cut your grass while you're away. Nothing says, "We're not home, come take our stuff" more than an overgrown lawn and weeds growing between the cracks on the sidewalk. If your trip is in the winter and snow is in the forecast, pay the same kid to shovel your porch, driveway, and sidewalks. You'll be giving the youth of today a chance to build a work ethic while protecting your home at the same time-win-win!
5. Hire a Pet Sitter to Stay in Your Home
If you have pets, instead of taking your furry friends to the kennel, hire a sitter to come and stay in your home. Your pets will be happy to get the one-on-one attention while you're gone and your home will look lived-in, hopefully warding off any potential thieves.
These tips are a good start for your own home security checklist, but we encourage you to take a few minutes to think of a few of your own. Hang the list on your refrigerator and make sure each item is crossed off before you leave. Doing so will give you peace of mind and help you enjoy your time away.
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