Planning Your Home Security for the Travel SeasonAlthough our world is a little different right now, many are still making travel plans. Especially after this long year, everyone wants to see their families. If you do make plans to go out of town, we want your home to stay safe while you are away. Here are a few home security tips to make a checklist with before you go. We’ll start with the obvious, and work down from there.
Lock it Up
When things get hectic before a trip, it is easy to assume things are locked up. However, all it takes one unlocked window to lose precious valuables. Be sure to go through the house and thoroughly check every single entry point. Also, don’t leave that hide-a-key outside since it may get quickly found. Locks are an area that has many options. First of all, having a smart lock on the front door is a big help. These locks will allow you to unlock the door for a trusted friend or family or even a delivery service even when you’re away. Add in a video doorbell for even more home security convenience. If the delivery man rings, you can actually speak with him, unlock the door for him to drop it inside, and lock up as he leaves.
Keep Your Routine
Criminals usually scope out the area before they strike. Keep your home looking like it’s in its daily routine as much as possible. It is always good to be friends with the neighbors so they can watch out for you. Having them, or other friends, pick up the mail, paper in the driveway, or flyers in your door keeps your home looking occupied. Stopping the delivery of mail or newspapers is another option. The best routine to keep is having your lights come on at night. Having smart home security devices can make this an easy task. A smart device allows you to put the lights on a schedule, or you can manually turn them off and on from your smartphone. Motion sensor lights are also a deterrent to having anyone sneaking around your house at night.
Keep It a Secret
Our lives seem to live on social media platforms. But, as tempting as it is, don’t advertise your vacation plans. You may trust your friends, but what about their friends who see your post on their feed. Don’t underestimate word of mouth when you mention it. Wait until you get back to share those awesome photos. Of course, you will have to speak with anyone looking after the house or pets, but you can ask them to keep it quiet for the moment. Even the criminals have social media, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to scroll through public profiles looking for opportunities. If they do decide to stroll by your home, they will be checking to see what kind of home security is in place.
Pack It Up
It’s time to finalize things. Remember, lock it up tight and make it look occupied. The best plan is a home security system that has smart home devices. With this, you can keep control of your home no matter where you are. Even better would be having the system monitored 24/7 for true peace of mind. At True Home Protection, we can assist you in protecting your home, no matter what your budget may be. We want you to enjoy that vacation and relax! Call us today to find out more.