5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of a Break-In While On Vacation

illustration of a Sign of a burglar or thief running with loot inside a crossed circle

One of the worst things you can experience during a nice vacation is getting a phone call that your home has been burglarized. Your stress level could spike and you’ll constantly worry until you walk into the house. Even then, the sight before you could make you feel vulnerable and nauseated. However, there are things you can do that can reduce the chances of becoming the next target of the criminal element.

Automatic Light Timers

An effective way of deterring criminals is by making the house look occupied while you’re away. Automatic timers are relatively cheap and plug directly into the wall socket. Lights and other appliances can be turned on at specific times during the day and night giving the impression that someone is home.

Friendly Checkups

If you’re planning to be away for a great deal of time, perhaps you could have a friend or family member stop by and pick up the mail or newspapers. Unattended mail and paper pileups may signify to others that no one is home to pick up these items.

Baton Down the Hatches

Before leaving, double check all locks and windows in each room. Even small areas that look too large for an adult to squeeze through could pose a threat to your security. Never underestimate the tenacity of criminals looking to sell your things.

House Sitter

Many people will hire others to essentially “babysit” the house while they’re away. This will require a great deal of trust as well as expense as someone lives in your home until you return from vacation. Depending on the situation, it may be more cost effective and safer to use a security monitoring service instead.

Display a Security Monitoring Service

One of the best ways to keep your home and possessions safe is by having an alarm and security system monitoring service. Displaying the company logo on the windows or plaques in the yard can deter criminals from attempting to break in. Should they still attempt to do so, the monitoring service can greatly increase your chances of recovering your possessions while capturing the intruder.

The common theme among all of these is to make your home look more difficult to successfully invade. For the most part, criminals would prefer an easy target. By promoting security methods on the property, you can reduce the risks of someone walking away with your property.

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