Vacation is a time to relax and enjoy life, but don’t forget about your home back home. Have you done anything to ensure your vacant home is safe from burglars? We’ve compiled some helpful suggestions to keep your home out of harms way, thanks to “Risk Conversation”:
Make your home look as lived in as possible – stop all mail and newspaper deliveries, use timers to turn internal and external lights on and off, if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, arrange for landscapers to maintain lawn and other plants.
Be careful what you post on Facebook and other social media sites – Burglars are increasingly turning to these websites to identify and target vacant homes
Others suggestions include:
Make sure all electrical appliances are turned off.
Clean the refrigerator of all perishable foods, and take out the garbage.
Lock all windows and doors.
Let a trusted neighbor know you will be away and have them keep an eye on your home. It’s a good idea to leave your vacation address and telephone number with a neighbor so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
Never leave your house key hidden outside your home.
Advise your alarm company and local police if you will be gone for an extended period.
Store jewelry and valuable items in a safe-deposit box.
Arrange for the care of pets