7 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

away from homeYou are planning to go on a vacation and do not want uninvited guests in your home? It is important to realize that your vacation days are working days for burglars. We have a few useful tips that you should follow in order to protect your apartment. Spend your holiday without worries over the safety of your property.

1. Additional safety deadbolt lock

If you do not have a safety lock, you should consider acquiring one. Even in a case your current lock is well-positioned, we still recommend you to secure your home with additional safety deadbolt lock. If your lock is not in too good condition, you should simply replace it with a more proper and secure lock.

You don’t have to worry about installation. There are plenty of locksmiths waiting for your call.

2. Does anyone have your keys?

Have you or has some of your acquaintances lost a key recently? If this has happened, the cylinder of your lock has to be replaced or rekeyed as soon as possible. Security of the keys is highly important because insurance does not cover burglaries committed with stolen keys. Make sure that you have a control of your home keys.

3. Neighborhood watch

We recommend you to find someone who looks after your home while you are on vacation. If you have good relations with your neighbors you can negotiate with them to guard your home. If necessary you can leave an extra key to one of your trustworthy neighbors. In this case if any emergency situation comes up it is more likely that major damages can be avoided. In addition, the neighbor may also look after your plants and post. Definitely do not leave your keys under the doormat, in the electrical cabinet or in the mailbox – those are the places the burglar will examine first.

4. Mailbox

When it is difficult to reach an agreement with your neighbors, then you have the opportunity to direct you mail to any other address. For example, while you are in your summerhouse you can direct your mail to its address. Heading abroad for vacation, you should ask your friends or relatives if they are willing to take your mail. Keep in mind that directing the post may take some time. You should do it at least one week before going on a holiday.

5. Put lights on timer

You should buy light switch timers from any hardware or lighting shop and set those up in different rooms. These timers turn your lights on and off automatically according to a programmed schedule. For the best result it is recommended to choose a random program. Then your lights will turn on and off on any random time.

6. Noise and sounds

Life is usually associated with noise and sounds. You can also connect a radio with light switch timers. It makes sure that while lights are on the radio will also play some sounds. You also have to make sure that volume is not too low or too loud. Silence is one of the signs that nobody is at home.

7. Insurance and alarm

Do not forget that the security of your home is guaranteed by a combination of different kinds of elements. Two of these elements are definitely insurance and alarm.

Security companies offer you various home packages. If you are not interested in entering into an agreement with any company, you can also use a local alarm system. When necessary, the alarm system will give a strong alarm alert. We recommend you to install GSM motion detector which is easy to use and program. It will inform you immediately with SMS message and phone call to your mobile when an “unauthorized guest” enters your premises.

Written by  Kaido Somer

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If you are moving to the Katy Independent School District and looking for information on properties available for sale, please call Michelle Sturdevant at 713 572-5308.  
Michelle Sturdevant Realty Group


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