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7 Ways to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Updated: March 8, 2024

Protecting your home while away should be at the top of your vacation checklist. According to ADT, burglaries are more likely to happen in the summer months during the day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Just locking up your home before heading out won’t cut it. A burglary happens every 30 seconds which equals two burglaries every minute and 3,000 per day, according to Safewise. These statistics should be a wake-up call and move protecting your home to the top of your list. In this blog, we provide 7 tips to protect your home while you’re on vacation.

1. Appear Home at All Times

  • Set timers on your lights, radios, and TVs, so they automatically turn on at various times throughout the day and night.
  • Keep up with landscaping. If you have landscapers or gardeners, don’t cancel appointments while you’re gone. If you mow your lawn, enlist the help of a friend or family member to mow while you’re away.
  • Have a friend, neighbor, or family member park his or her car in your driveway throughout your vacation. 
  • Have a neighbor collect mail and packages that are left on your doorstep or talk to your mail person about where to leave packages while you’re away.
Family sitting on a couch
Installing a security camera

2. Install a Security System

Take time to research and price a security system for your house. This could be through a professional company such as ADT or look at installing your own Ring Doorbell or Blink Outdoor camera. According to a study by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 83% of burglars surveyed said they would look for an alarm before attempting a burglary and 60% said they would look for another target if they found an alarm present. If you don’t have the time or money to install a security system, you can still deter potential burglars by putting security company or camera signs in your yard.

3. Share Less on Social Media

It’s become second nature to post everything going on in our lives, especially when it includes an amazing vacation. While these posts are meant for friends and family, they can quickly fall into the hands of a burglar. Once a burglar knows when and where you’re going on vacation, they’ll know exactly when to strike.

  • Don’t post the exact dates you’ll be away.
  • Don’t say if everyone in your household is going.
  • Post a photo of your house or pet while away so no one will know exactly when you’re gone.
  • Keep your location undisclosed.
Group of friends taking a picture together on a boat
Spare key under welcome mat

4. Remove Spare Key

If you have a spare key hidden on your property, remove it before you leave for vacation. Chances are, seasoned criminals will search long and hard to find spare keys, and are aware of familiar hiding places. Make sure to either bring the key indoors, or give it to a trusted family, friend, or neighbor for safekeeping.

5. Tell a Neighbor

Having a trusted neighbor watch over your home can go a long way in keeping it safe from criminals while you are away. After all, having a pair of eyes on the lookout for suspicious activity never hurts.

Two neighbors talking to each other
Money and jewelry in a safe

6. Hide Valuables

Place all valuables and family heirlooms in a safe place, such as a locked safe, before you leave. This will ensure your valuable possessions remain safe even if your home is broken into. Another option is to rent a safe deposit box from Launch CU to keep your valuables safe. Annual Rental Fees and box sizes are subject to availability and may not be available at all branches. Please visit our Fee Schedule for sizes and pricing.

7. Lock Your Doors

This may seem like common sense, but you would be shocked at the number of people who forget to lock their front door, garage door, back door, or shut their windows before leaving. In fact, Safe Wise advises that nearly 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window. A staggering 34% of burglars enter a home through the front door.

Key in a lock

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