Summer is finally here. It’s time to kick back and enjoy the good weather and you may be planning a vacation getaway. List like your vacation, the best home security system requires some planning. As you make all of your travel arrangements and begin to pack, don’t forget to put these tips on your list to keep your home safe while you’re away.
Don’t Splash All Your Plans on Social Media
Everyone loves to use Facebook, Twitter, and all of the social media forums that are hot right now, but that doesn’t mean you should announce your vacation plans to the world in an online format that’s accessible to the public. Just like you are, criminals are computer-savvy today as well. You don’t want to tip them off about the times that your home will be vulnerable, so communicate the old-fashioned way and talk to people when you’re getting ready to go. If you can’t resist posting those special moments while you are away, make sure your Mijac alarm is armed and ready.
Make Copies of Your Documents
As a rule of thumb, make copies of any important documents that you’re taking with you on your trip, such as your passport, license, and credit cards. It will make life much easier for you if they are lost or stolen during your travels. We even recommend scanning and e-mailing them to yourself in case you need to pull them up on your smartphone or print them off.
Stop the Mail and the Paper
Don’t forget one of the most basic and best home security tactics. Make sure you stop the mail and the paper delivery to your home, otherwise as these items build up, it will become painfully obvious that the house is empty. If you don’t want to do that or are waiting on a specific package, you can also ask a trusted neighbor to pick them up for you daily.
Keep Your Lawn Maintained
You’ll want to maintain a lived-in appearance if you’re on an extended vacation, so it’s a good idea to find someone to mow and trim your lawn while you’re away Have them water any gardens or plans you may have for decorations. A well-cared-for yard gives the appearance that someone is at home, ensuring your home is not a target for criminals.
Use Timed Lights
Most California security companies recommend putting a few of your lights on timers in your home. For example, your front door light, a light in the kitchen and the living room lights can be timed to turn on for a few hours each night, giving the illusion that the house is occupied. Mijac Alarm can take it a step further with our advanced alarm system features, which can allow you to access your lights remotely.
Secure All Points of Entry
Check all of your windows and doors before you leave, ensuring that your home is secure. Don’t forget about the garage and any outside entrances to the basement.
Ask a Friend or Neighbor to Stop By or House Sit
You’ll have added peace of mind if a friend or neighbor can drop by from time to time. Ask them if they’ll check in on your home every few days to make sure everything is in order. If someone is watching your home closely enough, this person’s physical presence should deter them. You can even take it a step further and have someone house sit for you.
In California, security for you, your family and your home is a top concern. With Mijac Alarm, protecting your home, you can have the best home security professionals monitoring your home at all times. Don’t hesitate to give us a heads up when you’re going out of town; we’ll protect you from fire, theft, and vandalism so you can rest easy, relax and enjoy your much-needed vacation.