4 Tips For Home Security While On Vacation
July 25th, 2019
When you’ve been working hard throughout most of the year, it’s natural to look at summer or the holiday season for some time to yourself, with your family, on a well-earned vacation. We can’t just work and stay in the same place forever and visiting a new destination, whether here in the USA or another country entirely, is always a good experience for a family.
But going on vacation means making some preparations, especially for your home. A home that is empty for an extended period is a vulnerable one. Fortunately, there are four things you can do that will increase the safety and security of your home, even when you’re not there.
Have A Security System In Place
The most important tip is to make sure you protect your home. Alarms on the doors and windows will remotely alert you, as to when someone is attempting to break in. However, an extensive security camera system is often an effective deterrent to discourage thieves from even trying. When thieves see signs indicating an alarm system, and see security cameras in the perimeter, they know this makes their chances of success much harder. It’s often easier for them to ignore your home and target someplace less well defended.
Instruct Visitors About The Security Systems
If you’re going to have people coming in to feed the pets, such as a sitter, or water the plants and collect the mail, or even maintain the lawn and garden, you should get them up to speed on the security systems. This is important to make sure that no false alarms go off. The last thing you want on your vacation is to get a notice from your phone that there is a break in at your home, only to realize that it was just your cat-sitter opening a window.
Automate Your Lights
Lights on in the home at night are a good indicator to thieves that someone is home. But lights that go on at the same time every night, and go out at the same time every night are less convincing, due to the obvious, mechanical accuracy. New automated lighting systems, however, are much more authentic. Properly installed, they can simulate people leaving and entering different rooms, making for a more realistic performance of people being at home.
Use A Door Camera
You may choose to go with a security camera or use a “smart doorbell” that has a camera and microphone built into it. Either choice, however, shows you when someone comes up to your door. This way, you can keep track of expected visitors—like pet sitters—as well as the ones you weren’t expecting. You can even confirm when packages you’d ordered are left on your property. All of this footage can be remotely viewed on your phone thanks to today’s technology.
If you’d like to have better home security for when you’re not around, ECHO Technologies Corp is happy to assist. Contact us and let us know what you’re looking for. We can assess what your home needs, and provide the right solution for you.