Top Tips for Securing Your Home While You’re Away

Top Tips for Securing Your Home While You’re Away

As you embark on a well-deserved holiday, you want to be sure that your home will be safe and sound in your absence. These simple precautions can go a long way towards safeguarding your property and giving you peace of mind during your vacation. 

 

Lock all doors and windows

This might sound like an obvious one, but according to the FBI, 38% of burglars enter through an unlocked door or window. Make it a habit to inspect every possible access point before you leave.

Install a security system

The mere presence of a security system can act as a deterrent for potential intruders, so they’re well worth the investment. Many modern systems offer remote monitoring, which means you can keep an eye on your property through an app on your phone while you’re away. 

Hold mail and newspaper deliveries 

If you’re going to be away for a while, it’s a good idea to contact your local postal center to temporarily hold your mail and ask your newspaper delivery service to pause deliveries. Piled-up mail and newspapers are clear indicators that no one is home.

Get someone you trust to check-in

Inform a trusted neighbor, friend or family member about your travel plans and ask them to keep an eye on your property until you get home. Having someone collect mail (if you haven’t paused deliveries) and occasionally park their car in your driveway helps create  a lived-in appearance that can keep opportunists at bay.

Don't tell the world

While it's tempting to share your travel plans on social media, avoid posting real-time updates about your holiday. Broadcasting your absence could inform potential intruders that your home is vacant, so keep the updates to close friends and family until you’re back.

Set timers for lights and electronics

Use timers for lights, TVs, and radios to create the illusion that someone is home. Smart home technology enables you to set them to turn on and off at different times to mimic regular activity in the house.

Secure the goods

Keep important documents, jewelry, and valuables in a safe place, and if possible, avoid keeping large amounts of cash at home. Double check your home contents insurance is all up to date before you leave too.

Unplug electronic devices

To prevent electrical fires and save energy, unplug non-essential electronic devices before leaving. This also adds an extra layer of security against power surges.

Stay in touch 

Provide a friend or family member with a list of emergency contacts, including your travel itinerary, so they can reach you if needed. Your Breeze eSIM will help you stay connected and up to date wherever you go.

 

Remember, a little planning goes a long way in ensuring a worry-free and secure vacation. Now, go ahead and enjoy your well-deserved break!

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