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Vacay Vibes: 8 Tips to Protect Your Home When You're on Vacation

Whether you're off to explore sandy beaches or conquer the mountains, the last thing you want to worry about is your home being burglarized. And according to the FBI, a home is burglarized every 15 seconds in the United States - resulting in losses adding up to thousands of dollars.  But, with these simple tips on how to keep your home safe ahead of time - you can spend your time chasing sunsets, not thieves.

  1. Befriend Your Neighbors - Your neighbors are the unsung heroes of home security. Strike up a conversation, exchange contact details, and let them know you'll be away.  It's like having an extra set of eyes on your place, and bonus points if they can collect your mail or water your plants.
  2. Social Media Silence - We get it...the excitement is real, and you want to share your travel adventures with the world. But hold off on those Instagram stories until you're back. Broadcasting your absence online is like sending an invitation to unwanted guests. Share your vacay pics once you're safely back at home.
  3. Lights, Camera, Protection - Give the illusion that your home is alive and kicking, Invest in some smart plugs and set up timers for your lights and electronics. Nothing says "occupied" like a flickering TV and some cozy lamp lighting. And hey, a security camera or two never hurt - they're not just for catching bad guys, but for deterring them in the first place.
  4. Lock it Down - It might sound obvious but double-check those locks. Go through each door and window to make sure they're secure. And don't forget the garage - it's like the VIP entrance for burglars if left unchecked. Lock it up tight and keep those valuables out of sight.  And if you're ready to go high-tech, look into swapping your current locks with smart locks so you can receive alerts and check if you remembered to lock your doors right on your phone.
  5. Unplug and Save - Besides saving on your energy bill, unplugging your electronic devices also reduces the risk of electrical fires. So, before you hit the road, take a stroll around your home and unplug unnecessary appliances. It's a win-win for both safety and the environment.
  6. Secure Your Valuables - Consider a mini treasure hunt - but in reverse. Stash your valuable items in unexpected places. Burglars are typically in a hurry, and they're not likely to spend too much time turning your home upside down if they don't find anything obvious.
  7. Find a Trusted House Sitter - If you're comfortable with it, having a trusted friend or family member stay at your place can be a game-changer.  Not only do you have someone to water the plants and feed the fish, but the added presence can be a deterrent for any potential mischief-makers.
  8. The Classis "Home Security" Sign - Even if you don't have a top-of-the-line security system, a simple sign can do wonders. Place a couple of those "Protected by XYZ Security" signs in visible spots around your home. It's a psychological game that might make intruders think twice.

There you have it!  Now, you can jet off on your next adventure with peace of mind.  Because the only thing you should be worrying about on vacation is whether to go for seconds at the all-you-can-eat buffet or hit the beach for a sunset stroll. Safe travels!


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