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Home safety tips: how to protect your house while on vacation

on Dec 21, 2015

Whether with family, friends or that special someone, the Christmas holidays are the perfect time to take a trip and leave your cares behind. Vacations are for rest and relaxation, after all — and no one wants to spend time worrying about the safety of their home while they’re away. So before you depart, be sure to take the time to ensure your house is as secure as possible. It’s better to be safe than sorry and a little preparation can go a long way in giving you peace of mind. Are you ready to get started? Follow these holiday travel tips to help protect your home while on vacation:

Do a double check. Before leaving the house, double-check that all doors and windows are locked. Do a walk around the exterior of your home to ensure everything is secure. If you have sliding doors or windows, put a metal bar on the tracks to prevent an intruder from forcing them open.

Disable your automatic garage door opener. Unplug your garage door opener to keep burglars from opening it with a universal remote.

Remove your spare key. Don’t make it easy for an intruder to get inside your home. Remove any spare keys you have hiding outside your house.

Enlist a helping hand. Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. Ask him or her to pick up your mail and newspapers, water your plants and shovel your driveway to make it look like you are still there. Better yet, have a family member or friend house-sit and park in your driveway.

Let your blinds and drapes be. Leave your drapes and blinds as you would normally have them. A completely shuttered house will make it look like no one is there.

Hide your valuables: Don’t leave any valuables in clear sight of windows. You may want to consider putting certain valuables in a safety deposit box for extra protection.

Don’t broadcast your trip. Hold off from posting the details of your vacation over social media until you are back at home. You never know who could be reading your updates. Similarly, don’t leave a message on your answering machine saying you are on vacation.

Put lights on timers: Install an automatic light timer to have certain lights turn on and off during pre-set hours. This will give the impression that someone is home, whereas a fully lit home or a pitch dark one can indicate that the house is empty.

Install an alarm system: Perhaps the best way to protect against break-ins and keep your house secure is with a home security system. With Live Two-Way Voice monitoring from AlarmForce, a real live voice can listen in and threaten an intruder to get them out of the property quickly while ensuring the authorities arrive as soon as possible. With video security cameras, you can see what’s going on at home in real time from the convenience of your smartphone or computer. You can even see and speak to whoever is at your door, from anywhere in the world with our doorbell camera.