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Whether it’s spring vacation or a long weekend getaway you want to be sure your home is safe while you’re away. Here are a few tips to keep in mind so that you can relax and not worry about your home:
- Give a trusted neighbor a house key and alarm code and have them go in and out a few times so people see activity at your home (be sure to provide this person’s contact information to the alarm company and police, if you are notifying them). Also let your neighbor know where your circuit panel is in the event of a power outage.
- Use smart lighting that you can control remotely to turn on various lights at different times at your house. If it’s the same light at the same time, someone watching your home will notice the pattern. Consider a home automation system to remotely turn lights on and off or set rules for when lights come on. For example, I have Cox Homelife and if someone opens the front door, I set a rule that the lights turn on.
- Do NOT post updates on social media that you’re on vacation or post pictures while you’re away. Also turn off location tracking on our phone.
- To prevent a fire unplug or disconnect the dryer and shut the water valve off to the washing machine to prevent a flood. Every year there are approximately 15,500 dryer fires every year which cause tremendous property damage.
- Stop the mail and newspaper delivery or ask a neighbor to collect them. If you’re expecting a package or your neighbor notices a package on your doorstep be sure he takes that as well. With a home automation system, you can have a camera at the front door to see packages. Additionally, you can unlock the door with your phone, let the neighbor put the package inside and then lock the door when they leave.
- Never leave a spare key hiding outside. It’s better to have doors that require code for entry or a home automation system that gives you the option to unlock the door with your phone if you forget a key.
- Frost or cover your garage windows, intruders won’t be able to tell if your car is gone.
- Unplug the power to the automatic garage door to eliminate the ability to open with a universal remote
- Erase your home location from GPS if you’re leaving your car at long term parking. If someone steals it they can use the GPS to navigate right to your home.