Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. Like many people, you may have a whole lineup of day trips and vacations in store during these warmer days. But before you go anywhere, ask yourself whether your home is protected. Every 15 seconds, there’s a home invasion that takes place somewhere in the U.S. Whether it is a home invasion, fire or flood—anything can happen when you least expect it.
Don’t leave matters up to chance; make the proper precautions to safeguard your property. Along with ADT’s home monitoring equipment, these tips can help you protect your home during your next vacation:
Homes located in more mature neighborhoods are subject to fuller trees and bushes. Make sure your windows and doors are not hidden by overgrown shrubbery; they can help conceal potential burglars who are looking for an entryway. Having a well-maintained yard will help eliminate these risks.
Hold the Mail and Newspapers
The best way to advertise that you are out of town is to have a stack of newspapers laying in the front yard or have mail spilling out of the mailbox. Contact the U.S. post office and your mail delivery service to hold your mail and newspapers during the days that you’ll be gone. Another option is ask a trusted neighbor, friend or house sitter to collect these items.
Turn Off or Unplug Appliances
Homes today have numerous appliances—some of which are even set on automatic settings. Before leaving your home unattended, be sure to either turn off or unplug your electrical appliances. Unplugging your appliances is the best safety solution to reduce the likelihood of a fire (it will also reduce your energy consumption).
Refrain from Posting or Checking in on Social Media
It’s natural to want to share the intricate details of a trip or vacation. Whether you are posting a pic of a beautiful beach or are checking-in to somewhere, they both do the same thing: announce you are away from home. Yes, it feels almost impossible not to post and comment during your travels, but for safety reasons, it’s best to share the details of your trip once you are back at home.
Make this spring and summer completely memorable. Enjoy your vacations while knowing your home is safe and protected.