5 Ways to Protect Your Home While on Vacation
Somewhere in the midst of your vacation thoughts, maybe right at the start, in the middle, or on the way home, your stomach drops as you imagine a masked man in all black busting into your house, all your valuables ripe for the taking. Here are five ways to protect your home from this heart-sinking scenario.
The most common answer would be, and it’s something you’ve probably already thought of, a security system. Security companies charge anywhere from fifty to hundreds of dollars for a new installation, plus the cost of monitoring. Unless you’re on vacation often, live in a wealthy neighborhood, or in a considerably suspicious one, it may not be worth the money.
A house sitter is another option. They are numerous and can come fairly cheap. Robbers have reportedly watched houses they steal from before entering, so if they see someone occupying your house round the clock, they’re less likely to try to break into your home.
Have a friend or neighbor park a car in your driveway to give the appearance someone is home. Again, people are less likely to break into your home if they believe someone is in the house.
If you have a dog, it’s likely that a burglar will opt for a house without the chance of being barked at or chased. If your house sitter has a dog, have them bring Fido along for their stay.
Most break-ins happen during the day, leaving your porch light on may deter people from snooping in the dark. You are giving the impression you are home, and possibly even awake.
While these are not the only ways to secure your home and belongings during a vacation, these are easy and inexpensive ways to rest easy during your trip.