With summer once again on the horizon, many people will be looking forward to their Summer vacation. This time off and away from the regular hustle and bustle of everyday life should be enjoyable and worry free. Most people usually don’t think about the security of their property while they are going to be away. If you plan in advance of your vacation you can help to minimize the risk of anything going wrong.
Windows or sliding rear entrance patio doors are favourite entry points for thieves. With both the windows and the sliding patio door, you can cut down a broom handle or hockey stick and place it in the bottom track. This will stop the window or sliding door from being able to be pushed over to allow access to thieves. There are also security devices available on the market that will also lock-up these entry points. A trained and knowledgeable Locksmith can provide and properly install these devices for you.
While away, have a friend, neighbour or family member perform a security check of your property two or three times a day. Anyone who is checking on your home should be given your cell phone number or a contact number and information for the place you will be vacationing at. A great idea is to leave a key with a trusted neighbour in the event that someone watching your property locks themself out, the neighbour can provide them entry to retrieve their key.
The condition of your external property is a dead giveaway. Unkept lawn, mail and newspapers piling up are all signs that no one has been home for a while and an open invitation to break in artists.
Immediately prior to leaving on vacation, cut your lawn. While away and enjoying your vacation, have someone cut the lawn for you if your vacation will be longer than a week. Have a neighbour, friend or family member pick up your mail so it doesn’t pile up and give the appearance that no one is home. Stop newspaper delivery while you are away.
Many areas still have “Neighbourhood Watch”. If your area does this then get in touch with those who run the program and let them know that you will be away on vacation so that an extra watchful eye can be kept on your property.
You may consider having a monitored home alarm system installed in your home. The best systems allow those monitoring to communicate with thieves and warn them that Police have been dispatched. If you already have an alarm in place then notify the monitoring company of when you will be absent from your property.
We have tried to provide you with some great tips here that will allow you to really relax and have a worry-free Summer vacation. We want you to have complete peace of mind. Everyone should be able to enjoy their vacation without worry. You can too if you follow the advice we have provided you.
We hope that you have a safe and happy summer vacation.
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