5 Ways To Help Keep Your Home Safe While On Vacation

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A vacation should be a relaxing time when you don’t have to worry about what’s going on back at home.

1. Put your “smart” home to good use. If you have programmable, Wi-Fi-enabled devices like a thermostat, security camera, and lighting, you’ll be able to monitor the temperature in your home, see what’s going on in or around your house, and turn lights on and off right from your smartphone – no matter where you are in the world. Before you leave, be sure to look into your resort’s internet access and your cell phone carrier’s data plan options if traveling out of the country.

2. Make a plan for your mail and packages. Even if you are only away for a long weekend, the piling up of mail is a sure sign no one is home. See if a trusted neighbor or friend can handle getting your mail. If not, consider having it held at your local post office. And don’t forget about packages! In the weeks before you leave for your vacation, pay attention to shipping times when placing online orders to be sure you’ll receive your packages before you leave.

3. Keep a car in the driveway. If you have a car that will be staying at home, park it in the driveway so it looks like someone might be at home. If you are taking your car with you, see if a neighbor will park in your driveway.

4. Think twice about posting vacation plans on social media. It’s only natural to want to share your anticipation for your upcoming vacation on Facebook, Instagram, or other social channels. You also may be tempted to post photos of the views, your family, and your meals while you are on your trip. Don’t forget that every person in your social network (and potentially people in their social networks) can see this.

5. Double check windows and doors are locked. This may seem obvious, but it doesn’t hurt to take a walk around each floor of your house to be sure.