Getting ready for vacation is exciting, but while you’re packing your swimsuits and beach books, you might be forgetting to take a couple of steps to prepare your home for the trip. Most people remember that they need to stop their mail and ask someone to water the plants, but there are many more ways your home is vulnerable when you are on vacation.
Here are some new ideas that you might not have considered:
- Unplug your garage door so it cannot be opened with a universal remote.
- Lock the door between your home and garage in case someone does get in through the garage door.
- Don’t give details of your trip on social media or in your voicemail message.
- Leave the air conditioner on because burglars will notice if it’s off on a hot day
- Try to make sure the house looks normal from outside.
- Have a friend or family member check on the house, and park their car in your driveway, so the home looks more inhabited.
- Consider having someone pick up your mail rather than halting delivery by the Postal Service because having no mail delivered can look suspicious.
- If you’re leaving your car in long-term parking, make sure you remove any GPS devices. You likely have some of your home’s important information programmed into these devices.
- Check-in on the situation at home with Home Automation offerings from Guardian featuring our mobile application for greater control.