Going for a change of scenery this holiday season? With 400,000 home break-ins occurring from November-December each year in the U.S., you might be a little worried about your home and property while you’re off under sunnier skies. Here are some security tips for your vacation.
Install home security alarms
60% of burglars would abandon their burglary attempt upon finding out the house they were breaking into had an alarm system, according to a study by Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology. So, if you don’t have a home security system, it would be a good idea to get an inexpensive system before you take your vacation.
Invest in a video Doorbell Camera
Once installed, a mobile app is all you need to begin seeing and speaking to your visitors, whether you are home or away. Connect it to your home security system and smart home door locks, and grant access to your home via your web enabled device! Not expecting anyone? Skybell™ will alert you to any uninvited guests, too.
Put your lights and TV on a timer
The study mentioned above also found that the majority of burglars “tended to avoid targets that had people inside.” Light and TV timers can help you capitalize on this piece of burglar psychology knowledge—even while you’re not even at home.
Smart Schedules make it easy to manage your lights so that no one will notice when you’re away. Set standard light schedules and have them automatically vary intervals by 30 minutes, so there’s no perceptible pattern. Or, have the lights to come on at sunset every day.
You might also consider a TV Light Simulator, which recreates the exact sort of light produced by a television, using just the energy of a nightlight.
Have a trusted friend or relative bring in the mail
A driveway piled up mail or newspapers are a tell-tale sign you’re not around.
Don’t post about your vacation in advance or real time
You’re excited for your vacation—and it must be tempting to shout it from the rooftops (read: social media platforms). Instead of posting before or during your vacation, why not instead re-live the memories after you return home? This lets potential burglars know that you’re already back home while allowing you to share a snapshot of your vacation with your loved ones.
Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your house
Let them know who is going to be bringing in the mail—and better yet, introduce them! This way your neighbors don’t have to worry about accidentally calling the police on your friends and family if they see someone on your property.
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