Travelling is in our DNA. Every year, when summer approaches, many of us migrate like the swallows and look for a hotter place. It’s indeed an exciting time of the year, and travellers are usually eager to hit the road by this point. However, don’t let the excitement distract you. If you’re leaving on vacation, there are some things to do in order to keep your home and family safe. Keep reading below to learn more.
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Travelling on vacation is fantastic, but it requires careful planning. Otherwise, you risk turning your vacation into a nightmare. If you’re going on the road with your entire family and leaving your home empty, you should take some security measures. It’s advisable to acquire alarm monitoring services to keep your home safe from invasions and burglary.
Still, invaders aren’t the only threat you should worry about. Things can simply start malfunctioning while you’re away such as broken pipes, power surges, and roof tiles being damaged by storms. Avoid these dangers by leaving the keys with someone you trust, and asking them to pop by now and then to check on the place. If you have two or more people visiting your place while you’re away, make sure they know about each other.
Make It Look Normal
Closing window curtains and shutters might sound reasonable if you’re leaving home for a while. After all, you don’t want anyone peeking into your house through the window glass. Still, if you leave it open, it might look like there’s someone at home, and burglars are less likely to try to break in.
Besides, if you leave your curtains open and the inside of your house visible, it’ll be easier for neighbours (or the police) to spot any suspicious activity inside your house. Making your house look like there’s someone inside is a clever way to protect it. You can also set timers for lights to go on and off to be more realistic.
You might be very excited about your journey, but you shouldn’t be too talkative about it on social media. You never know who’s reading, and a careless post could tip off burglars about your plans. Hold your anxiety about making your friends and relatives jealous. Post pictures and other details only when you’re back to avoid unwanted visits.
Get Neighbours on Your Side
In moments like these, being a good neighbour really pays off. Ask them to watch your house for any abnormal activity. Typically, all it takes is a look over the fence. If you trust your neighbour, consider leaving a spare key with them.
No Spare Keys
Yet, you shouldn’t leave spare keys around the house. Even if you’re more creative than placing it under the carpet, burglars will search thoroughly for a spare key if they suspect there’s nobody home. You should only leave spare keys with people you trust.
Power swings can damage your appliances if there’s nobody home to unplug them in a timely manner. So, unplug all appliances you can, even the fridge, if it’s empty. Similarly, close the water supply. Your entire home could be at risk if a pipe breaks while you’re away and nobody notices it.
On the Road
It doesn’t take much effort or resources to keep your home safe while enjoying your time elsewhere. You should be okay with friends, neighbours, and technology on your side. Burglars are typically after easy prey. So, if they notice your place is being taken care of, they’ll probably stay away from it.
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