Keeping your home safe during spring break vacations


Keep your home safe during vacationAre you counting down the days to your spring break vacation? The local burglar may be counting down as well! While you’re planning to be away, he may be planning to break into your home.

Here are some ways to keep your home safe while you are enjoying a much-needed break:

Let someone know. Someone you trust should know your vacation plans. This includes giving them a way to reach you if anything seems questionable. You may want to give this trusted friend or neighbor a spare key in case he or she needs to get into your home. You also can notify the police of your extended absence.

Keep your plans off of social media. Don’t broadcast your plans to the world! You never know who is lurking, looking for an opportunity. Once you are home from vacation, you can publicly share your photos and more.

Make it seem like you are still home. You can turn on lights, televisions or even electronics with timers. You can easily stop your mail through the U.S. Postal Service and put your newspaper delivery on hold. Another option is to ask that trustworthy friend or neighbor to collect any mail and delivered packages. Don’t forget to arrange someone to do lawn care or garbage can placement.

Consider adding a home security system. It could lower your home insurance costs! Some security systems even allow you to remotely check in on your home. Motion-sensor lights are a good way to light the dark areas outside. Make sure your doors and windows have good locks, and don’t forget about garage doors, pet access doors and doors inside your garage.

With a little planning, you can enjoy a worry-free spring break!

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