Steps to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Steps to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

After a relaxing vacation, the last thing you want to do is come home and find out your house has been burgled.  By taking a few precautions you can significantly lower the chances of a home break-in.  This article will go over a list of steps to protect your home while you’re away on vacation.

Lock It Up

It may sound overly simple, but a good number of break-ins occur because a house isn’t securely locked.  Ensure all your doors and windows are closed and secured.  If you have cellar doors leading to the basement, make sure they are secured from the inside.  A padlock on the outer face can easily be compromised with bolt cutters.  If you have an attached garage, make sure the door separating the garage and house is locked.  Consider deactivating an automatic garage door opener by unplugging it. 

Upgrade Your Locks

Although it’s been proven that deadbolts are the most secure door locks, they aren’t all created equally.  Look for a deadbolt that lies flush with your door to prevent a burglar from prying it off with a wrench or crowbar.  Strike plate screws of at least two inches will penetrate through the door jamb and into the house’s frame which will significantly lower the ability of anyone to kick the door in.  As for the strike plate itself, go for the heavy duty version rather than the standard gauge.

Make It Appear As If You’re Home

If it looks like your house is occupied, burglars will be less inclined to target your place.  Don’t let mail or newspapers pile up while you’re away.  If possible, ask a neighbour or friend to clear any deliveries regularly.  You might get them to open and draw your curtains while they’re at it.  Put your lights on timers so it appears someone is home at night.  Also be careful with social media as posting pictures of you on vacation will let others know that you’re not at home.  Consider waiting until you’re back to post those envy inducing selfies.

Get A Security System – Or The Appearance Of One

Even if you can’t shell out for a complete home security system, putting up some signage or stickers implying you have one may be good enough to act as a deterrent to burglars.  Another simple addition that acts like a security system are motion detector lights.  Having the area light up when a stranger is prowling around in the dark will make them think twice about sticking around.

To find out more about how you can save on your home insurance policy, contact an experienced professional at Bow Valley Insurance for a free, no-obligation quote.