Parents organizing vacations have a lot of things to worry about, and this can take a bit of the relaxation out of vacations. With summer holidays coming up soon, this is a concern that is currently relevant for a number of parents. If you are such a parent organizing a trip for your family, you are surely familiar with the list of worries: you want to find the right destination, the right travel arrangements, and you need to accommodate your children at the same time, which is not always an easy task when on the move. However, you also need to make arrangements that ensure the safety of your home while you are away. This is an extremely important aspect of vacation planning, but fortunately it is also a relatively easy concern to address.
Your first step in protecting your home while you are away is to make sure that your home security system is up-to-date and armed to guard your home. Remember to set your security system before you go, and if possible see if there is an upgrade available that will allow you to monitor the system from your cell phone or smart device while you’re away. Many newer alarm systems have these sorts of capabilities, and they can certainly help to keep you at ease while you are away.
Next, you should take steps to make your home look occupied even though it isn’t. There are a number of ways to go about doing this. To begin with, remember to keep a light on, preferably on the interior of your home rather than a corner or edge room. This gives the appearance that people may be keeping lights on, but because it won’t be obvious which light is on, no one watching the home will be able to say for sure whether or not the light is changing.
Next, you should try to make sure that a car is in the driveway or garage if at all possible. Have a friend drive you and your family to the airport – the car in the garage or driveway can be a major deterrent to crime, as people are far less likely to attempt to break into homes that they believe to be occupied.
Finally, you should also try to get your neighbors to help out with the security of your property while you are away. This can mean everything from collecting your newspapers (to prevent build-up that would give away the fact that you aren’t home) to simply keeping an eye on your home. Whatever the case, this is certainly another step that can help you to be more at ease while you leave your home alone.
Jay Evans is a contributor for HomeSecuritySystem.com. He has written for numerous sites and blogs on the subjects of protecting and maintaining home properties.