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Preparing Your Home for Vacation

Peace of Mind on Vacation Starts with Safety At Home

Thieves are getting more creative and they have a knack for determining when homes are sitting empty. Keeping your home and belongings secure while out of town starts with precautionary measures at home. The single best way to keep your home from looking like a target is by keeping the perception of activity in your house.

However, if you truly want peace of mind, invest in these home safety solutions to ensure that even if a burglar tries anything while you’re away, you’ll be the first to know:

  1. Home Security System
    1. A home security system with professional monitoring is the first line of defense in preventing unwanted visitors in the house. Professional monitoring is key while you are out of town because it is a direct line to the local police department. Some alarm companies offer “on-demand” monitoring which is a great option for individuals that don’t always want the cost of professional monitoring but like the flexibility to turn it on when out of town.
  2. Smart Home Devices
    1. Maintaining the perception of activity at the home is key to detouring potential criminals. Setting lights on a timer can work as a low-investment solution but the best option is utilizing home technology like smart lights and smart outlet plugs. This gives the homeowner ultimate flexibility and variability in keeping action going in the home.
  3. Personal Actions
    1. Beyond technology and security systems, there are many solutions that travelers can implement before leaving to prevent and detour criminals:
      1. Social media: Avoid posting pictures while on the road as this is a dead giveaway that you are not home.
      2. Vehicle placement: If a garage is available, make sure to park your car in the garage. A car sitting in your driveway or in front of the home for days on end is an obvious signal for potential criminals.
      3. Yard care: While you’re gone for extended periods of time, make sure your yard gets proper attention. Overgrown grass is a sign no one is around to take care of an otherwise pristine landscape.


Vacations and traveling can be stressful as it is, and the last thing you want to be worrying about is the safety of your home. Taking proactive steps to ensure your home is monitored and activity is present is a must. Beyond that, making smart logical decisions before and during travel will ensure your home is safe while you are away.