5 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe When You’re on Vacation
Now that summer is in full swing and COVID restrictions have eased, traveling is once again possible for many families. But summer travels also mean that homes must be protected from burglars and criminals - 66 percent of burglaries per year are home break ins.
Thankfully, Safe Blue Security provides an affordable smart home security system to keep your home secure while you’re away. Founded by David Quintero who has worked with Brinks and alarm.com, Safe Blue Security allows homeowners to control doors and locks from anywhere and monitor activity in their home through a mobile device.
Here are five additional tips to keep your home safe during the summer:
1. Upgrade your locks and doors
We’ve all been home for too long because of quarantine, so going away for the summer is the perfect time to check on the quality of your door locks. 34 percent of burglars enter through the front door. Replace weak door hinges, change old deadbolts to heavy duty ones, or even upgrade to a smart lock to make your home entry keyless and more secure.
2. Keep your valuables inside rooms
Never leave your valuables out in plain sight or near windows where intruders and burglars can peek from the outside, especially because 65 percent of burglaries happen during the day time. Instead, keep them in a secure place like a safe (if you haven’t invested in one yet) and locked away in your room.
3. Install a home security system
Installing a home security system is one of the most modern and technological ways to protect your home from burglars, but unfortunately, only 17 percent of US homes have one. With a smart security system like Safe Blue Security, you can create lock codes instead of using keys, unlock and lock doors from anywhere, and monitor your locks and doors when you’re on vacation.
4. Inform your neighbors that you’ll be out of town
Let your neighbors know you’re going away and how long you’ll be gone. Ask them to regularly check on any unusual activity in your home, pick up your mail while you’re gone, or even park their car by your house’s driveway to make it seem like someone’s home and drive burglars away.
5. Protect the garage
A common tip may be to lock the front door, back door, and windows (which you still should do), but property crime statistics show that 9 percent of break-ins occur through the garage. Make sure to lock your garage door before you leave, hide garage door openers in a secure place inside your home, or even better, install motion detector flood lights to catch burglars at night.