Vacation Time Is Here-Burglar Proof Your Home Now!

April 8, 2009 by admin  
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Over the past the past 3 months I have been traveling either for fun or for work.  I’ve taken some mini-trips for 3-5 days at a time and just recently spent (7) great days in the San Francisco area visiting my daughter and son-in-law. 

On Friday, we visited downtown San Francisco Union Square.  In fact, we had lunch at the top of the Macy’s building - which is in this picture - and we sat outside on the patio at The Cheescake Factory.  If you are in dowtown San Francisco, you have to check it out.  The view from the top was absolutely breathtaking!!!  And the food was very good too. 

While enjoying our vacation, the last thing I wanted to have think about was whether or not my home was secure, safe, and protected from burglars.  I was totally confident that it was protected and all was well on the homefront.

If you have read my blog at all, you know I believe in home security systems.  I have had a security system in my last two homes, my daughter had one in her apartment after college, my son has a security system in his new home, and recently my daughter had a security system installed in her new home in California.  Why would you not have a security system in your home?  The peace of mind you get from having a good quality security system is well worth whatever the charges are.

As you get ready to leave on vacation there are certain things you want to do to your home so it does not appear that you are away and your home vacant.  If you have a home security system, that is the very last thing you will deal with when you leave. 

When I leave for vacation, I make sure all doors and windows are locked, set the alarm, and leave.  I have a great deal of confidence in my alarm system (and the company),..having had very few false alarms over the last 18 years…and I will NEVER  be without a home security system. 

If you don’t have an alarm system in your home, consider the benefits and see how they outweigh any fees or charges involved. Take a look at the following tips to protect your home while on vacation.

 Protect Your Home Against Burglary When Going On Vacation!

Everyone looks forward to taking vacations. Unfortunately, this can be an opportune time for a burglar to strike, especially if there are obvious signs that your home is unoccupied. Whether gone for a day or a couple of weeks, take the following precautions:

1.  Check all doors and windows to make sure they are securely locked. If any locks need to be replaced or reinforced, make these improvements before you leave.

2.  Use automatic timers on interior lights. A timer can also be used on a portable radio. Use photo electric cells (which screw into the light socket) on exterior lights. These devices will “automatically” turn lights on/off depending on the level of darkness.  Also check into putting up motion sensor lights outside your home.  The areas you may want to light up would be the front door area, garage, back entry door, and any area that you feel is a vulnerable area that has limited lighting at night.

3.  If you will be gone for an extended period of time, arrange to have your lawn mowed.

4.  It is also a good idea to ask a neighbor to park a car in your driveway and to use your garbage container. Make sure that items such as children’s toys, ladders, lawn furniture, etc. are put away.

5.  A trusted neighbor should be informed of your vacation plans; when you are leaving and expected return date. Leave a key with a trusted friend or neighbor so that the position of curtains, blinds can be changed. Also if you don’t cancel newspapers and postal delivery, ask them to pick up and place in the house. Inform trusted neighbors on all four sides of when you’ll be gone so that a complete look-out is maintained. Be selective, however, in announcing your plans to anyone else.

6.  If you have an alarm system, make sure it’s activated when you leave. Leave the house key with a neighbor and show them how to turn the security system on and off.  Be sure whoever is on your emergency call list knows the password in case of a false alarm and knows the security code to turn the alarm off and on with.  When I was a security alarm consultant, I always reminded my customers to keep their emergency call list updated and make sure those people who had access to their home had a security code to set the alarm.  The last thing you want are unnecessary false alarms.

Have a great vacation!!!  And remember, having a security system is great to have all year long…not just for vacations!!!

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