Updated on July 26, 2016
Traveling is a hobby that many people do, because it allows us to see other parts of the world and truly feel like we are on a vacation. But especially for those who will be taking longer trips, it is important to secure your home, so you don’ t end up with a “Home Alone” situation of someone robbing your home just because you were away for the holidays.
Keep an eye on your home
One of the best ways to have a piece of mind during your vacation and to make sure that nothing has happened with your home during your holiday is to keep an eye on your home. One option is to install a security camera and monitor your home that way, But if you don’ t want to spend that much money, you can always ask a friend or family member to stop by your home a couple of times while you are away and see if everything is in order. Just make sure you repay that friend when you get back by bringing him or her a souvenir or taking that said friend out for lunch. But if you don’t have anyone who could do it, you can always ask you neighbors or even set up your web-cam as a make shift security camera., so you can be sure that your home is safe while you are away.
Make it look like you are home
Another option for those who are extra concern about their homes during vacation is to make it look like you are home even though you actually are lounging on the beach on a tropical island or skiing in the Alps. To achieve the you-are-still-home look you should make sure that there is some type of activity inside as well as outside your home. You can but a cheap push light and place it in the window so it appears that the lights are on during the night. You can also put up motion sensing light outside your home, so it lights up every time somebody walks by or even a cat or a dog wanders in your yard, so it appears that somebody is still living in your home or use light timers so the lights come up at a certain part of the evening. And you can even have somebody tend your garden or do some house work while you are gone, so there is somebody there at least one or two days during your vacation. Putting up a MP3 player with recorded conversation on the loop could be a bit much, but if you want to be extra safe, then you can do that as well.
Also it is important to know what you have, so that you are able to recognize if something is missing when you get back. There are people who can’ t even name all of the electronics or valuables they have in their home, because we rarely pay close attention to these things in our everyday life. Also by taking inventory and putting it down either on a piece of paper or even in a spreadsheet on your computer, you will be prepared if the worst has happened and you have actually been robbed, since this detailed inventory will not only help the police to find your things but will also help you get a reward from your insurance company if you have insured your home.
Don’t post about your vacation online
In modern internet age, we tend to post so many things online and often popular thing to post about is your amazing vacation. However, many don’ t realize that the pictures from your holidays on Instagram or posts on Facebook about where and when you are traveling can actually serve thieves as tips that you are truly not home and they can go explore your home. So refrain from posting about your vacation or at least indicate that somebody stayed behind in your posts, so it is not that obvious that your home is empty and unprotected.
Don’t let your mail pile up
And finally you also shouldn’t let your mail pile up in your mail box, as that is a sure indicator that nobody is home. You can either ask your post office to hold your mail for the duration of your vacation, have you neighbor collect your mail or even as your friend to not only check on your home but also collect your mail. Additionally this will not only make your home safer against thieves but also prevent your mail box from filling up and you missing some important letters and bills that you have to take care off when you get back from vacation.