The holiday season is here, which means many of us will be leaving home to travel to various destinations in order to spend time with family and friends. It’s a time of joy and merriment as we enjoy all that we hold dear. Yet in order to truly enjoy the holiday season without stress, one thing that needs to be done before you even leave the house is to prepare your home for your absence.
Many things can occur while you are away—namely a home burglary. Despite what neighborhood you live in, however safe you feel that it is, they can happen to anyone, anywhere. The best strategy to avoid a burglary is to take caution and prepare your home.
The following tips should always be done before you set off for the holidays (and for that matter, any trip that you ever go on):
- Don’t share that you are away on social media
First off, you never know who is looking at your posts, which is why you should always use an air of caution anytime you share something on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Even if you have privacy settings where only your friends can view your status updates and pictures, you undoubtedly have people on your friends list or have followers that you hardly know. Avoid any possible trouble by never sharing that you’ve left your home for an extended period of time—even if it’s just for a couple days. People troll social media accounts to find out who will be gone to plan which homes to potentially burglarize.
If you do want to share about your trip on social media, wait to do so after you’ve returned. This will help prevent anything from occurring. And one thing you should also never do is post pictures or status updates where you broadcast what gifts you’ve received. It’s another way of making your home into a potential target. It says “look at what’s inside my home.”
- Lock all windows and doors
This sounds common sense, but you’d be surprised to find that people don’t oftentimes double-check that all of their windows and doors are locked. These entry points are where burglars will first check to see if anything is unsecure. Locking everything will make things much more difficult for them to enter—and may give you the time needed for them to second guess whether or not they should try to forcibly enter.
So simply go around each window and make sure the tabs are all in the locked position. And as you go to leave, check that each door is also locked. If you have a garage, make sure you see that it closes all the way before you pull away from your residence.
- Set up timers on appliances or use smart home automation features
Ensure that your home doesn’t look vacant. You can do this by setting up timers or even use automation-powered lights that you can use with your ADT Smart Home security system. In using a timer, you can program exact times you’d like lights to go on and off. And with ADT Smart Home, you can turn lights on or off anytime, anywhere with the press of a button. One thing you can always do in addition to these is to keep your outside lights on, in order to keep entryways well lit. This will help to deter possible intruders.
- Hold mail and newspaper deliveries
As stated before, you don’t want your home to look like no one is home. Having your mail and newspapers collect and build up is one way of broadcasting that everyone is away. A simple solution to this is to go online or call your newspaper and mail delivery services to hold these deliveries for the length of time that you’ll be away. And once you’ve returned, you can resume getting your deliveries.
Enjoy the holidays without worrying about what’s happening back at home! These tips will properly prepare your home for your absence. A secure home is a safe home. Now get packing!