The arrival of summer marks the beginning of vacation season. Along with the excitement of planning a trip comes the responsibility of ensuring that your home stays safe in your absence. Unfortunately, unoccupied homes are prime targets for burglars. Taking steps to safeguard your property is particularly important if your home is for sale and has therefore been exposed to many more strangers than usual.
As you pack your bags, remember these tips for protecting your home from break-ins:
2. Do not leave ladders or other objects in the yard that could be used to access second-story windows.
3. If you have a home security system, ensure that it is functioning properly and the decals advertising it are clearly displayed in the windows. Sometimes, merely giving the appearance that you have a security system is enough to make intruders think twice about breaking into your home.
4. Exercise caution when sharing updates about your trip on social media. While it is tempting to think that only your friends and family have access to information you post on social media, it is possible that that information could trickle down to people who would use it against you Consider waiting until you are safely home to share pictures and other details of your vacation.