With vacation time upon us, there may be a few things to do to make sure your home is safe while you’re away.

Keep your Home safe while you’re on Vacation

familyWith vacation time upon us, there may be a few things to do to make sure your home is safe while you’re away.

Here are a few things to keep in mind before you leave:

  • Make sure your windows are all locked. It’s easy to leave knowing your doors are locked, but it’s easy to forget windows. Just make a quick run through your home before you leave making sure all windows are locked – even on the 2nd floor.
  • Place a dowel or strong rod in the track of your patio door and sliding windows.
  • Is your jewelry all in one spot in your master bedroom? That’s the place burglars go to first to grab your valuable and cash –  in your master bedroom. You may want to invest / install a wall safe or rent a safety deposit box for your extremely valuable jewels.
  • Is EVERYTHING, including passwords on your laptop? Perhaps you may want to keep more items in the clouds. If your computer is stolen along with your big screen TV, then you may be able to recover your files and also not give your burglars access to your online bank accounts and credit cards.
  • Don’t post your vacation photos on Facebook or tweet how good dinner is!  Wait – social media is like a personalized invitation to walk right in. Post those vacation photos when you get back.
  • Install or turn on your motion lights. Have a timer put on a couple lights in the house to go on and off different times during the day and night. And don’t close your drapes.
  • Hold all mail and newspapers.
  • Don’t leave your spare key out under the mat or flower pot …. ever.
  • Keep bushes trimmed around your windows. Keep your mowing or pool care on their usual schedules.
  • Let neighbors and the police know if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time. Perhaps have a neighbor or friend check on your home from time to time to make sure everything is okay.
  • If you leave your car at the airport, don’t leave your GPS devise in the car. That is a map to your home and an invitation.
  • Ensure your garage door is safe.

Who knew it only took 6 seconds to access your garage.
Make sure your garage door into your house is locked as well!

Summer is a great time for a vacation on the Outer Banks and that needed rest, but it should not be a time of heartache and pain if your vacation is ruined by a home break-in while you’re gone.

If you’re looking for a vacation or 2nd home on the Outer Banks, give me a call today!! There’s still time to enjoy all the SUMMER fun on the Outer Banks!!

Oh, you can always follow me on Facebook while you’re on vacation – just wait to post your pictures when you get back!!