Going on a vacation this summer? Here are some tips to keep your home from becoming a target.

You’re a few weeks out from the family vacation that you’ve been waiting for for almost a year. The flights, hotels, and rentals are all booked and itinerary planned out. Your sweet poodle will be staying at a friends house and will be well taken care of. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you only need to pack still. There is much to do when planning a vacation and making sure you have the right safeguards prepped for your home is just as important as all the other things on your checklist. But what should you do to keep your home from becoming a target to burglars? Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you started.


  1. Never give the impression that you are gone.

    1. Have timers on your lights that have them turn on and off at normal times in during the day/evening.

    2. Ask a neighbor to park a car in your driveway.

    3. Stop your mail and packages or have someone pick them up for you.

    4. Keep your lawn mowed.

  2. Resist the urge to post about your trip on social media

    1. Don’t post about your upcoming trip on social media sites where people can see that you will be gone.

    2. Don’t post your pictures until your home from your vacation or go live while you are on vacation.

  3. Double and triple check

    1. Before you leave, make sure you personally check each lock and window to make sure it is locked. Be sure that even the door that leads into your house from the garage is locked.

    2. If you are leaving a car in the driveway, be sure to remove the garage door opener.

  4. Have a security system and make sure it is on

    1. If you don’t have a security system, now is the time! People without a security system are 300% more likely to be robbed. Your chances could be higher if your house shows signs that you are gone.

    2. Make sure the system is on! In 2010, there was a scandal of a cruise planner and her husband robbing homes of people that were gone on a cruise. They said that some of the homes they robbed had a security system that just wasn’t on. If you have one, make sure you use it!

Now you can have a great, stress-free time on your vacation knowing that your house and belongings will be safe. Bon Voyage!


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