Planning a vacation is stressful enough itself when you have to think about every possible thing you are going to need for your trip away, after all it’s not like you can hop on a bus back to your house to pick something up. Whether it’s a family of 4 you are packing for or just the 2 of you, you have to remember everything from clothes, to sun screen to getting the right documents together; visas, passports and so forth. It can be a true headache waiting to happen.
What’s worse is that you have to remember that your home is going to be empty for a week or two, and you need to put plans in place to keep it secure and keep thieves moving on. A lot of break-ins happen at night and a lot of break-ins happen to people’s houses whilst they are out (whether that just for the evening or on holiday).
If you are heading away for a prolonged period of time then you may want to take into account these 3 tips which will help you keep your home secure as can be until you come back from your vacation.
One of the first tell-tale signs that anyone is away from home is the amount of newspapers, magazines, milk bottles and whatever else you get delivered, hanging from your mailbox or piled up at the step of your front door. You don’t need to be the brightest of criminal masterminds to instantly see that no one is at home.
So, you have two choices now:
You can either contact all the companies that you take deliveries from and cancel them until a certain date (the date you get back). Or you can speak to one of your neighbors and give them a key to your house in order to take the deliveries in for you, if they do this just make sure that they leave the deliveries out of clear view of a window.
We love technology here and one of the most fascinating things of recent times is a plug that controls your electricity. You plug this timer into a plug socket like you would with any normal plug. The only difference is that you can put a timer on when you want the current activated and when you want to deactivate it.
In simple terms this means that you can control when your lights come on and when they go off. So if you happen to have a big living room lamp, then plug that into the plug-in timer and then plug that into the mains socket. You can set a start time and ending time, just be sure to make the time inconspicuous otherwise it will look strange if you are turning your light on a bang on 7pm every night and then turning it off at 11pm every night. Most plug-in timers come with editable 7 day programs so you can play around with times until your heart’s content.
There is a fine line to making it look like you are actually living at home and offering an easy entry into the house for a would-be criminal. Whilst timed lighting works well, leaving a window open could lead to serious problems for you.
Surely someone wouldn’t go on holiday and leave their window open?
Chances are they wouldn’t, but a burglar probably wouldn’t care too much if you are on a break or not, they will just see an opportunity to get into your house and they will monitor the situation before making entry.
Before you go wherever it is you are planning to go make sure that you close all your windows and doors and then lock them if you have a key lock, you really don’t want to be taking any chances as these are the prime hotspots thieves will check in order to get into your home.
If you have an alarm don’t forget to set this before you set foot out of the door as well, this will offer you extra protection should anything happen.