How to Secure Your Home While You're on Vacation

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 You've recently spent a wonderful week in the midst of a vacation with your family. The sun was out the entire time, the sustenance was great, and the children are happy. As you pull into the garage, though, you realize something seems amiss. The door into the house is ajar, and you’re sure you closed it on the way out. You mindfully open the door, just to understand that while you were away, thieves grabbed your gadgets, adornments, money, and so forth. It’s a scenario that plays out thousands of times each year in households across the country and the world. In the days following, you’re sure to ask yourself, “What could I have done differently?”

To fully enjoy your trip, plan appropriate home security and maintenance with this checklist.

Set timers on interior lights
This goes a long way in deterring burglars, who often look for crimes of opportunity. Don't allow your house to appear as if no one is home.

Prevent power surges
You never know if a power surge can occur, so be prepared. Disconnect the computer, TV, stereo, and other electronics, or make sure they are plugged safely into a surge protector. Don't make telltale status updates.

Never broadcast your location on Facebook or Twitter
Even if you think that it's only your friends or colleagues viewing your online profiles, it's safest not to leave any sort of opening for a possible burglar.

Alert your alarm company
If you have an automatic security system in place, call your representative, announcing you'll be away from home for an extended period of time. Make sure the alarm is set properly when you leave.

Secure valuables
If you don't already have your jewelry or other valuables in a safe deposit box, now might be the time to do so. Doing this also ensures that you don't leave out anything valuable in plain sight that a burglar might be able to see from a window.

Protect your pipes
Make sure pipes in vulnerable areas such as attics, basements, and crawlspaces are insulated. Ask a neighbor or trusted friend to stop by and check on the house and periodically turn on the faucets to ensure the pipes don't freeze.
It might seem obvious but double-check just to be sure.Lock all doors and windows.
Arrange for lawn care. Has your landscaping tended to by a friendly neighbor or local service? Before you leave, trim tree branches that might allow access to a climbing burglar.

Stop newspapers and mail
Stop mail and newspaper deliveries, or have them regularly picked up by a neighbor.
Plan some exterior lighting. Set these lights on timers as well, to detect thieves.

Don't leave spare keys outdoors
Collect any hidden spare keys from around the exterior of your home. Remember, thieves, know the most popular hiding places, like beneath mats and in potted plants.

Lock the garage
Even if there is no entrance to your house from the garage, there's still a chance for numerous things to be stolen. Secure the door and any entrances to the garage. Find local locksmiths near you to help securing your home.

Do not go for vacation without doing this. Remember, it’s better to be secure than to be sorry later.