Vacation all I ever wanted. Vacation had to get away!
Planning a trip or going on vacation soon? If you’re already an ADS Security customer, lucky you – you get to take us with you! Although it may seem fun to jet-set around the world, have you ever worried about that light you think you left on or wondered if you locked the front door moments before arriving at the airport? Don’t worry, we’ve been there too.
To make sure your home is safe at all hours of the day and night while you’re away, here are a few things to consider before going on vacation.
Don’t Post Photos While You’re Away
It’s tempting to want to post daily on social media about your vacation, but those status updates could also alert criminals that your home is vacant, making you the perfect target for a break-in. We’re not saying you can’t share photos from vacation on Facebook or Instagram, but wait until you get back home.
Put A Hold on Your Paper and Mail
Looking for another way to attract crime to your home? Nothing says a house is empty like a mailbox stuffed to the brim with envelopes and flyers. Either put your mail on hold or have a neighbor collect your mail while you’re away for an extended period of time.
Store or Hide Your Valuables
To prevent people from taking an extra peek inside your home, close all the blinds so no one will be able to see in. In addition to locking all the doors and windows, be sure to lock up expensive belongings in a spare closet that has a special access key to ensure they are there when you get back.
Make Your Home Look Like You’re There
It may sound like a no brainer, but making your house look like someone is home will deter crime. If you’re taking a road trip and usually have a car parked in your driveway, ask a neighbor to park in front of your house during times when you’re away. Home automation tools like smart switches or light bulbs can light up specific rooms at certain times of the day or they can be used on-demand thanks to your phone! Timers on lamps or other devices like televisions can also be used to appear as if you are still home.
Make A Preventative Security Plan
We had to throw this tip in because it’s your first line of defense! If you currently have a monitored security system, be sure your system is communicating with the monitoring center by testing it before you leave. Also, consider testing it and changing out your smoke alarm batteries.
For those without a monitored security system, asking family and friends to keep an extra eye on your home could become an additional burden. The times that you’re away may become inconvenient and your neighbors might not be around when crime occurs. If you happen to have a DIY system, it will be extremely difficult to notify authorities about a break-in if you’re out exploring or in the middle of transit where you don’t have an internet connection.
Having a monitored home security system, you’ll be able to kick back and truly relax knowing that trained professionals have your back 24/7.