When going on vacation, you want to have an ease of mind as far as the safety of your home is concerned. Leaving your home unattended makes it vulnerable to burglary, but there are measures you can take to ensure your house is protected.
Being a member of a vacation club like Occidental Vacation Club presents you the opportunity to travel throughout the year. This means you need to take the following measures to protect your home:
Electronic timed lights
When leaving the home, the last thing you want to do is have the lights off for days. Previously, families would leave a few lights open for the time they were gone. However, now thanks to technology you can have timers installed in your lights which automatically turn on and off at the designated time. This is a much better option as the light will turn on as it gets dark and turn back off and so on. Making it appear as if someone is turning them off and on everyday.
No newspaper delivery or mail
The easiest giveaway for burglars when it comes to a vacated home is a pile of newspaper or an overflowing mailbox. You can contact your local mail office and ask them to hold your mails until you return. You can pick the mail directly from their office or have them delivered. The same applies to your newspaper subscription. Let them know that you will be going out and if it is for more than a week then let them know that you will inform them once you are back.
Ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your home
This doesn’t mean you ask them to do your chores. You can ask them to keep an eye on your home while you are gone. If you can trust your neighbour then even giving them the keys would be a good idea just incase if something goes wrong. Let’s say the timer on your light malfunctions or your sprinkler system does. Your neighbour should be able to take care of that for you. You can offer to do the same when they decide to vacation.
Do not blast your vacation on Social Media
The first thing people on vacation do is post news and pictures on Social Media. If you are vacationing with your whole family, you are better off holding off posting pictures and too many details of your vacation on Social Media. It is easy for anyone to access information online, no matter how much privacy setting you put on your profile. So you are better off just keeping the information off Social Media altogether.
When going on vacation, you want to make sure of all the basics. Make sure all your doors and windows are locked, around 30% of home burglary happens due to an unlocked door and window, and not to leave any spare keys out. If you already have a security system then, you can inform the company of your vacation days. If you do not have a security system, you can have one installed but be aware that it takes sometime to have it installed.