This featured guest post is brought to you by Jane at Home Security Systems.
The summer vacation months are approaching fast, and this means that you may have a lot of planning to do. You may still be figuring out some time to get away, or where you’re going to stay, etc. Any vacation involves a good deal of advance planning and preparation. However, it is important not to focus the entirety of this planning and preparation on your actual travel and destination. You also have to consider your home while you are away, and specifically you need to figure out ways to make sure that your home remains safe and secure in your absence.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to go about doing this.
The first step is extremely simple and practical, but also one that helps out many people. Simply talk to your neighbors and explain when and for how long you will be out of town. If you are friendly with your neighbors, they will no doubt agree to keep their eyes on your property while you are gone. Of course, you can’t expect them to spend every waking minute watching your home, but it always helps to have some friendly eyes on the watch, and your neighbors may even agree to do things like pick up your newspapers, as the build-up of newspapers can key criminals off to the fact that nobody’s home.
Getting help is simply the best way to secure your home while away.
Additionally, you should make every effort, on your own, to make your home look occupied. This may mean keeping a car in the driveway or garage, leaving a light on, or, as mentioned, having your neighbors pick up the mail and papers. Criminals are far less likely to attempt break-ins or vandalism on homes with families in them, so if your home does appear occupied while it is not, you may actually be deterring crime.
Finally, you also want to make sure that your actual home security system is up-to-date and armed before you leave town. A properly armed home security system is extremely difficult to bypass, and these days you can even monitor your home’s system through your phone or smart device while you’re away! This means that, if your system is set up with this capability, you can actually arm and disarm your system from abroad, and even receive instant alerts if anything goes wrong. This allows you total control over your home’s security, which can in turn allow you total peace of mind on vacation!
Jane Allen is a programmer and writing contributor for HomeSecuritySystem.com. She has written for numerous blogs and websites on the subject of advanced home security.