Whether you’re jetting off on a last-minute trip to escape the cold or it’s a long-awaited family vacation, one thing you’ll need to enjoy it is peace of mind. Here are some ways to ensure your home is secure while you are away, leaving you with no bigger worry than which local restaurant to try for dinner.
The one time you might not want to save electricity
While leaving your lights on during your entire vacation won’t fool anyone, you can still use timers to give the impression that your home is occupied. Hook up timers to lights and stereos and make sure they are somewhere easy to see/hear.
Be careful what you post online
We all love social media, but sometimes you should be careful about what you post. Avoid announcing your impending departure — who knows who might be reading about your soon-to-be-empty home!
Don’t let your phone give you away
Don’t change your voicemail message to mention your trip — again, you don’t know who’s listening. Also, a landline ringing and ringing can be another sign of an empty home. Turn the volume down so it can’t be heard from outside, or set it to go straight to the answering machine.
Drawing your curtains
People disagree over whether curtains should be left open or closed. The best idea is to leave them as you normally would so that nothing appears different from outside. If you decide to leave them open, remove anything valuable from sight. It’s a good idea to walk around outside before you leave in order to check what is visible.
Unplug your garage door
By cutting off the power, you will stop anyone from using a universal remote to open it. You should also make sure the connecting door from your home to the garage is locked, just in case anyone does get in that way.
Block sliding doors
Even if someone manages to pick the lock on balcony or patio doors, putting a length of wood in the tracks will prevent them from sliding open.
Stop mail from piling up
A big pile of unread mail and newspapers can be another sign that no one is home. To avoid this, ask someone to stop by and move your mail, or speak to the postal service about stopping delivery while you are away.