Home security steps you should take before leaving for vacation
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Don't let your home be vulnerable to intruders while you're away on summer vacation this year. Take these 5 home security steps before you leave.
1. Proper lighting
A well-lit home is one of the best defenses against intruders. With recent advances in smart home technology, you can install a lighting system that turns on and off in intervals so your home is never left looking unoccupied. For a more affordable option, consider installing motion sensor lighting near your home's entry points. If you have a family member or friend taking care of pets or plants, ask them to turn random lights on and off throughout the home to get the same effect the smart lighting would give.
Bonus tip: Leave blinds and curtains partially open so people can actually see lights turning on and off, but keep valuables out of the direct line of sight from prying eyes.
2. Smart locks
Keyless electronic locks not only make your day-to-day more convenient but offer peace of mind when you're away. If you choose a smart lock, like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you can check in remotely and make sure your doors are locked at all times. You can even manage unique user codes if someone needs access to your home while you're away.
Bonus tip: Choose a smart lock with a built-in alarm that can notify you of a disturbance at the door, especially if you don’t already have a security system.
If being able to check in and see what is happening at your home is important to you, consider installing a few WiFi-enabled security cameras. With remote capabilities, you can view what is happening at your home no matter where you are in the world.
Bonus tip: The Schlage Encode lock now works with Ring Video Doorbell, so you can see who is at your door via the camera and unlock it remotely for trusted friends, family or service providers.
4. Garage security
Bonus tip: If you have someone stopping by to housesit or water the plants while you’re gone, ask them to park in the driveway instead of the garage to make it more obvious someone’s around.
5. Look active
Just like we mentioned with the lights and your home, giving the impression that the home is occupied is the best defense. Try some or all of these ideas for confusing thieves while you’re gone:
- Create a “vacation” scene with your smart home hub. You could include locking the door, turning lights on and off, playing music occasionally and adjusting the thermostat. Not only does it make others think you’re still there, but it can help conserve energy and money as well.
- Ask the post office to hold your mail until you return or have a friend or family members pick it up for you. A pile of mail and newspapers on the front porch is a giveaway that the house is vacant.
- Arrange for someone – a friend or lawncare service – to maintain the landscaping and cut the grass if you plan to be gone for an extended period of time.
- Ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in front of your home on garbage night.