Vacation Security Checklist

If you are one of the 42% of Americans planning on taking a vacation this year, it’s important to properly secure your home before you hit the road. By following the vacation security checklist below, you can give yourself some peace of mind and enjoy your vacation without worrying about what might be happening while you’re away.

Securing Your Home Before a Vacation: Vacation Security Checklist

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  1. Secure all entry points. Intruders most often enter homes through unsecured doors and windows on the first floor. You may think that you’ve already locked all the windows and doors, but it never hurts to take a few minutes to double check before you leave.

    In addition, consider installing window sensors and smart locks to deter would-be intruders. Sync your mobile device to receive mobile alerts if someone attempts to break in, and make sure your security provider will dispatch emergency services if a problem is detected.

  2. Schedule lighting. Dark homes are a common indicator to criminals that a house is empty. Use smart lights to make it look more like someone is home. You can schedule lights to come on and turn off at certain intervals or when a sensor is triggered.
  3. Adjust smart thermostats. With a smart thermostat, you can limit how much energy is used while you’re away while ensuring that your home will be comfortable when you return home.
  4. Take precautionary measures. Since burglars are more likely to target homes that appear to be empty, it’s important to take steps to make it less obvious that you are away. Have your mail and newspaper held while you are away, or have a trusted neighbor pick them up for you daily.

    Use social media carefully. While it’s understandable that you are excited about your trip, avoid posting that you are leaving or while you are away. Wait to share vacation photos after you return home.

When you’re planning a vacation, it’s easy to forget to take the proper steps to secure your home while you are away. However, failing to lock everything up tight and take precautions to prevent criminals from knowing you are away could spell disaster.

At Colorado Security Products, we offer a complete range of security and smart home products to help keep your home secure whether you’re taking a trip to the other side of the world or you’re enjoying a day trip a little closer to home. To learn more, contact us today by calling 303-756-1000.