Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start planning for vacation season. Whether you plan on taking a long-distance respite or you prefer sticking closer to home this spring and summer, staying safe – and keeping your home safe while you’re away – can go a long way toward making your R&R much more pleasant and relaxing. Here’s what you can do to help ensure you, your home and your loved ones stay safe this vacation season:
- Stay “mum” on social networks. When you’re excited about getting away, it’s only natural to want to share that excitement. But talking about your plans on social networks – even those you mark “private” – can inadvertently serve as a signal to would-be burglars that your home is empty. Instead of posting about your plans ahead of time, wait until you come home to share the good news.
- Ask neighbors to keep an eye on your house and to report suspicious activities. Be sure to put your mail “on hold” and ask your neighbor to take in any flyers that might be left in your door. If your neighbor has a spare car, having them park it in your driveway can create the appearance of someone being home. Timers for lights are also a good investment; remote-controlled units let you control lights from your laptop or smartphone so you can vary the time you turn lights on and off.
- Spring break travel plans? Make sure someone knows your itinerary and consider scheduling routine check-ins, especially if you’re going somewhere unfamiliar or you’re going alone. If you plan on drinking during your spring break getaway, set limits – and stick to them – to avoid making rash and unsafe decisions, and never leave your drink unattended. Don’t go anywhere with strangers and try to go places in groups, or at least with one other person.
- Consider installing a security system. Today’s systems can be monitored remotely, and if you include cameras, you can even keep an eye on your property as well as record activity for later review. The price of security systems has dropped dramatically in recent years, and many systems are designed so even an unskilled DIYer can install them without hassle. Plus, some systems offer additional options to check for water damage, power outages and other issues that could potentially cause damage to your home.
One more quick tip: Before you head out on vacation, give us a call to make sure you have plenty of insurance coverage. Being protected “just in case” can go a long way toward helping you stay relaxed so you can get the most from your well-deserved vacation.