Home and Housing

How To Protect Your Home When You’re Taking A Vacation From It

We’re fast approaching the holiday season. While television programs and greeting card companies like to project those images of getting cozy at home, the reality is that this is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Millions of Americans will be on the road and sometimes out of the country, often for extended periods of time.

Why Your House Might Not Be Having A Happy Holiday
While homeowners and their families are on the move, their homes very seldom go with them. And unless a resident or tenant is occupying the home in their absence, that home becomes a vulnerable target. While this is supposed to be the time of year when people are going out of their way to be kind to each other, it’s also a popular time of year for thieves, vandals, and arsonists. And what’s more attractive than an empty home with a conveniently absent family? Statistics show that house break-ins spike over the holidays. But there are ways to avoid becoming such a statistic yourself.

Light It Up
Lights within a home are a good deterrent to a would-be break-in artist. Maybe someone’s home. If they’re not, maybe they’ll be home soon. Few thieves are willing to take that chance. Even better are lights that are turned on and off throughout the day in multiple rooms. This can be achieved with dimmer switches and a timer. And not just indoors. If you have outdoor holiday decorative lighting, put this on a dimmer switch too before going away. Also before leaving, make sure that bulbs in lamppost and security lighting don’t need replacing. Thieves at night will avoid homes with lots of exterior lighting for fear of being seen by passersby or neighbors. And speaking of neighbors……..

Get A Housesitter
If you can, enlist a neighbor to collect mail, newspapers, and packages that come while you’re away. Setting out cans for trash day and shoveling snow can help to create the illusion that someone is living there while you’re away, too. And leave a couple of windows unobscured so that your good neighbor can easily and safely look into your house to see if anything’s amiss.

Be Alarmed
Having a home security system in place like alarmrelay.com before you go away for the holidays is a great idea. These systems are eyes and ears twenty-four hours a day that can either contact law enforcement or fire department help if something goes wrong. And by providing these security companies with your travel contact information, they can not only quickly get in touch with you concerning break-ins and false alarms, you can let them know about sudden changes to travel plans.

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