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Safety Planning Before Vacation
This past weekend, we celebrated Summer Solstice, which means summer is officially here and you mostly likely have some vacation time planned. An empty house can be a welcome invitation to burglars. Before leaving on any trip, take time to double check your security systems and prepare your home.
Check Your Alarms
Double check all the test features on your alarm to make sure they are working properly and going off at the appropriate times.
Test the Monitoring of Your Alarm
If you’re alarm were to go off, make sure you know the process. Call your security systems company and let them know you want to do a test. Make sure the system calls the right person, you know the correct account information and you have the password handy. Update this information if it is incorrect or you won’t remember it.
Stop the Paper and Mail
A pile of newspapers and an unchecked mailbox is one of the biggest giveaways that no one is home. Put the newspaper delivery on hold while your gone and have the post office hold your mail for when you’re out of town.
Let Your Neighbors Know
Tell a trusted neighbor that you will be out of town. Ask them if they will keep an eye on your place while you’re away. If you can afford it, hire a house sitter to come check on things daily.
Set Up Remote Monitoring
These days there are any number of options to monitor your home while you’re out of town. With simply an internet connection, you can monitor all day. Find a system that works for you, whether that is viewing a view a live feed on your mobile device or computer.
Taking the time to protect your home and your personal belongings will provide peace of mind that will make your vacation that much more enjoyable.