Going on vacation is always the highlight of the summer, but it also means an increase in home break-ins. Nothing ruins a vacation faster than having the alarm company call you to tell you that your home alarm is going off. Trust me... I had this happen when we were thousands of miles away. Here is a quick checklist, that I wish I had years ago, to use as a guide for while you are away.
Vacation Security Checklist
l Replace broken screens, latches, and windowpanes.
l Secure gates and sheds.
l Trim shrubbery.
l Don’t hide house keys outside.
l Give a neighbor a spare key. Ask them to get mail and newspapers, put trash cans in front of your house on trash day, mow and rake the lawn, and/or park in the driveway.
l Turn off iron, ice-maker, electronics, and phone ringer.
l Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated lights outside.
l Leave draperies/blinds open slightly on upper floors.
l Don’t announce your absence with answering machine messages or notes on the door.
l Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars.
l Put valuables in safe-deposit box.
l Inform your local police that you'll be away.
One item that is NOT on the list, but should be, is to resist posting ANY photos on social media sites while you are away. Don't even mention your vacation until after your return. Once you are home you can post all the photos that you want to share your fabulous vacation with your friends and followers. This is much safer than posting while you are away making it public knowledge that your home is currently not occupied.
Enjoy your summer...