Heading out of town this summer? Get your home vacation-ready with a few simple security tips.
Lock it up: It may seem obvious, but it’s important to ensure all windows and doors are locked before you head out of town. If you have a home security alarm, make sure the battery is charged and that it’s set properly before you leave.
Adjust utilities: If you will be traveling for an extended period of time, turn off your main water supply valve. It’s a simple decision that can prevent a potential flood and water damage.
It is also recommended to set programmable thermostats for the summer heat. When outdoor temperatures are high, it’s best to have your air conditioner set to keep your home slightly cool while you’re away.
Set timers: Make it look like someone is home when you’re away with the help of some timers.
Time house lights and radios for hours of the day that they would typically be used, like in the evenings when residents are home from school or work. Timers not only make electronic usage look more realistic, they will save you money on your next electricity bill.
Monitor mail: Before you jet off, make sure you have a game plan for mail delivery.
A pile of newspapers on the front step and envelopes stuffed in your mailbox advertises that your home is vacant. Contact your local newspaper and post office about holding mail delivery until you are back. Alternatively, ask a close friend or neighbour to collect your mail regularly when you are gone.
Remove spare keys: When a home is targeted for theft, spare keys are the first thing that intruders will try to find. Make sure to remove any spare keys from the outside of your property before you head out of town.
If you have a friend or neighbour who will need access to check on your home, leave the key with them instead of the front step.
Enlist home check-ins: The best way to make your home look active is to have someone you know at the property.
Ask a close friend or neighbour who you trust to check on your home, inside and outside, on a regular basis. They will be able to ensure that everything in your home is safe, collect mail, water plants and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity around the property.