Keep Your Home Safe During Winter Vacation
The holiday season is a time for friends and family, meaning you may find yourself doing a lot more traveling than usual, leaving your home unattended. We’re sharing tips on how to keep your home safe while you are away.
Remove the Spare Key
If you’re like many, you may have a spare key to the house hidden under your doormat, in a flower pot, or underneath a fake rock on your front porch. When leaving town, be sure to remove the spare key from its usual destination. If a criminal suspects you’re out of town, they may go scavenging for the spare key outside of your home.
Ask a Friend or a Neighbor
Call up a friend or ask a neighbor if they are available to watch your home while you’re away. This will give you peace of mind and an extra set of eyes to ensure the safety of your home. If anything were to happen while on vacation, whoever is watching your home can alert you right away.
Unplug your appliances that will not be in use while you’re away to protect your home from potential power surges or electrical fire. Appliances to unplug may include televisions, computers, and things that will not be in use during your time away.
Set Your Lights on Timer
While it is true that leaving your lights on will reduce the likelihood of someone trying to break into your home, it would also welcome you home with a large electric bill. To avoid this, set your lights on a timer. Set your lights to come on and go off in intervals, making it appear as if someone is home.
Stop the Mail
If you anticipate going on vacation for an extended period of time, consider stopping your mail. Nothing says you’re away on vacation than an overflowing mailbox. You can do this by going to your post office and requesting to stop delivery for the dates you are away. If you do not want to do this, you can also ask whoever is keeping an eye on your house to check the mail.
Lock Up Everything
This one likely seems like common sense, you want to ensure your home is safely locked before you leave. Double check that every door, window, and access into your home is fully locked and deadbolted.