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VACATION GUIDE

Keeping Your Home Secure While You’re Away

Vacation Guide

We all love going on vacation – a chance to unwind, see new sights and spend quality time with loved ones. The last thing you want to worry about is your home so to make sure your time away is completely stress free, we have put together a few steps you can take before you go. Safe travels!

1. Use a timer

Set timers on your interior and if you have them, exterior lights as well. Be sure to set them to different times in different rooms to make it look like someone is there.

2. Leave a key with a friend or family member

If possible, leave a key with a family member or friend so they can pick up your mail (if you haven’t stopped it), put any unexpected deliveries inside, take your trash cans to the curb and generally keep an eye on your house while you’re away. You may want to bring them back a small gift as a thank you!

3. Unplug all non-essential electronic devices

Unplug appliances and devices like your TV, computer and microwave. This has two benefits – it will help you save on your electricity bill while you’re away and you’ll help prevent an electrical fire.

4. Remove your hidden key

While hidden keys can be very useful, they should be removed before you go away. Burglars know where to look – under front door and potted plants. Don’t make it easy for them.

5. Secure your valuables

Lock up your jewelry and other valuables in a small safe to keep them secure.

6. Resist the temptation of social media

As Instagram-worthy as your vacation destination is, try to avoid posting until after you return home. You don’t want to broadcast that your home is empty.

7. Keep up your home maintenance

Don’t cancel your gardener or pool guy while you’re away. Potential thieves often stalk houses in advance and they’ll notice if something is off.

8. Lock the garage, doors and windows

It’s a no-brainer but double-check that all windows, doors and the garage are locked before you go.