Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While Away On Vacation

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Keep Your Home Safe While Away On Vacation

When you leave your home, whether for a quick weekend get away or a vacation extravaganza, in addition to be sure to bring along the best travel safety products for your family, you’ll wish to take some basic safety precautions to keep your house and belongings safe. It makes most of us think about burglar proofing, but preparations extend beyond locking your doors or setting timers for your lights.

Hold Your Mail

A huge pile of mail at the front doorstep, or envelopes pouring out your mail slot is an instant tip-off that no one’s home. If you’d be gone for more than a few days, go to the post office to place a hold on your mail. Put a hold on your daily paper, too. If you don’t have the time or inclination, ask a trusted neighbor to collect the goods daily.

Create the Illusion of Someone Home

Beyond setting your lights on a timer, you could also set the television and radio on a timer to create the typical noise and flickering lights of an average family home at night. But wait, that’s not all.Leave a car in the driveway. Arrange for someone to mow at least once a week.During the winter, arrange for snow removal in case of a storm. If you normally leave toys outside, or keep a hose unrolled, or do anything that shows signs of a home being lived in, do not tidy up too much before you leave.

Mum’s the Word

Must not announce your departure or vacation dates on social networks. Sharing settings are not foolproof and with new security updates this is always hard to tell what is public and what is private. Stay on the safe side, and do not mention your trip  until you’re back, with tales to tell and photos to upload.

Trust a Friend

Give your vacation contact info and a spare key to at least one friend or neighbor. That way, they would know how to contact you in case of emergency.

Advertise Your Security

Specially when you’re away, it could be a great idea to advertise your security measures. If you’re worried that alarm company signs will clue thieves in to how to break in, buy signs from a different company. Install fake security cameras. Do whatever it takes to get across the message, “This is not the home you are looking for.”


Unplug all unnecessary appliances  to protect your home from an electrical fire or power surge. This goes for the big stuff, like TV, toaster, your coffee maker, and other small appliances.

Hide the Hide-a-Key

It’s impossible to forget your key if you are not even home, so go ahead and take any hidden spare keys out of commission. Just do not forget to re-hide them when you return back.

Keep Your Cool

Turn down (or up) the thermostat to save on electricity while you’re gone. In winter, set the heat to about 55°  warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing, but cool enough to save  and during the summer, set your air-conditioning to 85°. You could also lower the temperature on your water heater.

Safe-Keep Your Valuables

Lock up jewelry, the deed to your home, wills, and any other valuables or sensitive documents in a fire-proof safe.

Alert Your Alarm Company

Call your home security company to let them know you’d be away.Be sure the alarm is set and working when you leave.

Its no fun to think about your home being broken in to; we all like to think we live in the safest of neighborhoods. That being said, it certainly couldn’t hurt to take a few minutes to ensure that your home doesn’t become a statistic while you are away. Happy vacation...enjoy!!!


  1. These are such great tips. I always hear stories from friends about people they know who get burglarized while away on holiday. Such an awful thing to come home to!

  2. Awesome tips. My mom always make sure that everything is unplug - and locked up. We have security that we trust.. so there.

  3. These are really great tips! I agree on keeping mum when you're going on a vacation and all that. We teach our kids not to talk about where we're going or that we're going at all, until we're all in the car and have driven off. You'll never know who's listening!

  4. Great tips, one advertisement I do regarding my security is the posting of my big dogs on facebooks. Just letting people know what will welcome them should in case they try.

  5. We sometimes create the illusion that someone is in the house. Like having some lights on. Installing security can also add peace of mind.

  6. Its always good to be safe and our property too secured, In my area for instants installing security camera wont help but paying someone to watch over in the best alternative.