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Keep Your Home Safe While On Vacation

Posted: March 31, 2014

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2.18 million burglaries occurred in the U.S. in 2011, the most recent year that statistics were made available. These crimes resulted in an estimated $4.8 billion in lost or stolen property - even more startling, the per capita haul of each burglary in 2011 was $2,185. Of the burglaries that occurred in the U.S. during this period, nearly 75 percent were residential. The prevalence of burglaries - as well as the proliferation of other serious crimes - can pose a threat to the safety of your home. While you're staying in your house, you may feel confident that you've taken all the appropriate precautions to guard against theft, like investing in ADT-monitored home security systems. However, if you're about to embark on a vacation to another country or locale, you may be concerned about ways to keep your home safe while you're away. With these five tips, you can gain peace of mind.

1. Purchase more security systems

While you're away on an extended vacation that takes you out of your home, potential burglars may seize this prime opportunity to enter your home unannounced. You can prevent this from happening easily by investing in security alarms. Devices like ADT-monitored security systems can provide comprehensive, round-the-clock coverage and deter intruders from targeting your home. Best of all, with these systems you can gain peace of mind.

2. Hire a house sitter

While nothing beats the essential layer of protection that you'll gain from using home security systems, it's always best to have a backup in case of any additional emergencies. One common way that homeowners are able to remove their abodes from the target lists of would-be thieves is to hire a house sitter. With a house sitter, your home will not only be watched more carefully, but it will be used, which is key to keeping burglars at bay. If you have pets, a sitter can take them for walks, feed them and provide care while you're away. If you're unable to find a trusted and reliable sitter in time, you should reach out to neighbors and ask them to keep an eye on your home, adding another level of home safety when you're on vacation.

3. Invest in timers

It may not seem essential, but keeping your lights on at opportune times can dissuade thieves from breaking and entering into your home. Just think about it - the more lights that a passerby sees on in your home, the less likely it would appear that your home is empty, right? Timers can be set to turn lights on and off at different times of the day, giving the illusion of a full house.

4. Keep the driveway full

Do you have a long and circuitous driveway? If you decided to take your car with you on vacation, you may think you're doing yourself a favor, but the fact is, you could be increasing your vulnerability to burglars. When a driveway is empty, it seems like no one is around. To overcome this problem, encourage your neighbors to park their cars in your driveway. Doing so can act as a potential deterrent for residential thefts.

5. Move expensive items out of sight

It is likely you have expensive items that you can't bear to be without, yet can't take with you on your trip. It’s important to keep these items safe and out of sight when you are away from home. By locking your items in a vault or concealed place, you can keep them out of the eyes of potential thieves. Taking these steps will allow you to know your home is safe while you're on vacation!