With summer in full swing, many are planning on taking a vacation away from work to enjoy the sunny days, either a short weekend trip away with friends, or leaving for an extended vacation somewhere fun and exciting. Aside from all of the fun that there is to have during summer, this time of year is one of the peak times for burglars to take advantage of people being away from home on vacations. Purple Locksmith, a premier residential locksmith, always recommends that you make sure your locks are all in working order, but there are other precautions you can take to protect your home and belongings while you are away.
- Make it look like someone is home
Aside from making sure that your locks are working properly, this is the second most important tip we can give to people. Giving the illusion that someone is home acts as a deterrent to potential burglars. Put a hold on your mail, and if you have a yard and will be gone for an extended period of time, schedule to have someone come take care of your green space. Remember that it is all about giving the illusion that someone is home, even when you’re not.
- Keep quiet on social media
While social media is a great way to stay connected with everyone we know, (or maybe don’t know), announcing vacations on social media advertises to the general public that you are not going to be at home. Because many people who use social media don’t change the default privacy settings to lock down their accounts, this information can get out to anyone, meaning you could unconsciously be broadcasting your vacation plans to individuals with ill intentions. Be careful what you are putting out there on social media.
- Have someone check in
It is usually a good idea to give a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor a spare key to your home so that they can check on things while you are gone. They can be tasked with making sure that the lights are coming on with the timer, collecting your mail, or anything else around your home to give the illusion that someone is there.
- Keep your valuables safe
It never hurts to play it safe. Before you leave on vacation, place your valuable jewelry, heirlooms, important documents, and other such items you wish to keep safe in a fire-proof safe. This added sense of security is important to keep your belongings safe while you are gone.
- Help prevent accidents
This is a tip that most people don’t think about before leaving on vacation. Before leaving, unplug all non-essential electronics, turn off the main water supply, keep your AC on but turned up to 85 degrees, and throw out any perishables from your refrigerator before leaving. Following this tip before you leave will help to protect your home from potential power surges that are common during hot summer months, which can cause house fires. Not to mention that you’ll be saving money on energy while you are away. Make sure that all faucets are turned off to prevent any flooding, and costing you more money.
While not all of these tips will apply to everyone, it is important to make sure that your home is safe and protected while you are away. And if you are worried about your locks not working properly, contact Purple Locksmith, Manhattan’s premier residential locksmith, to have your locks fixed. Let us make you have one less thing to worry about while you are on vacation.