As you pack the sunblock for a beach vacation or hit the road to visit family during the holidays, don’t forget to guard your home against intrusion. Most criminals look for empty driveways and full mailboxes when selecting their robbery victims. They want to get in and out quickly without confrontation. When you leave your home for an extended period of time, your belongings are more vulnerable because the criminals have a larger span of time to exploit.
Secure All Windows and Doors
Think beyond the main entrances into your home. If you have one window with a broken lock, a determined criminal will find it. The same goes for an unlocked screened porch, basement or other side door. Go through every room of your home and make sure there are no easy ways inside.
Arm Your Security System
If you already have an alarm system in place, you may feel comfortable going off on vacation knowing it will make a lot of noise if anyone tries to break into your home. The problem is that noise isn’t always enough to scare away an intruder. If they know that your neighbors aren’t home or you live in a remote area, they can still grab what they want from your property and get out undetected.
To maximize benefits of owning a security system, invest in alarm system monitoring. A live monitoring service will place a real person on the other side of the noise. They can notify authorities on your behalf, increasing the chances that you will catch the criminal in the act. Even if you receive notification of the intrusion on your cell phone, this type of service can call authorities much faster than you can from your vacation destination.
Don’t Advertise Your Absence
The best way to beat an intruder while you are away is to not let them know that you are away. Don’t announce your vacation plans on Facebook or Twitter. Have a friend or family member live in your home while you are away if possible. If that isn’t possible, ask a neighbor to park their car in your driveway each night. Make sure someone comes by to pick up your mail at least every other day.
If a criminal still makes a move on your home, at least you have the comfort of knowing it is protected by live monitoring.