Locksmith offers advice for summer vacation
Summer vacation is a time for everyone to relax, but when a home is empty due to summer travel, the threat of a burglary rises.
“Most opportunistic burglars use this time of year to exploit the vulnerability of your home,” said Steve Reisner, owner of Adams Locksmiths. “Apart from the obvious precautions like equipping your home with a security system (as well as engaging it when you leave) and ensuring that all of your doors and windows are locked, there are five key steps you can take to ensure that you do not come home from your dream vacation to a veritable nightmare.”
Here are Adams Locksmiths’ five tips to keep homes secure during summer travel.
1. Do not post about upcoming vacations on social media. Privacy settings aside, it’s best to humbly brag about vacations upon return. One never knows who’s really following you online and certainly don’t want to let them know the house will be empty for an extended period of time.
2. Hire a house sitter. Have someone the family trusts either stay at the home or visit several times while the family is away. Instruct them to pick up the mail, move any cars, mow the lawn, turn the sprinkler system on, walk the dog…anything to make it appear that everything is as it usually is.
3. Let local police know your travel plans. Most precincts have burglary task forces that would be happy to patrol the neighborhood and keep an eye on the property while residents are away. Let them serve and protect while enjoying time away.
4. Stop all delivery services. Putting a temporary halt on mail services is easy to do online; giving the local newspaper company a head’s up to stop delivery while gone is as simple as a phone call or visit to their website. Don’t let it all pile up on the doorstep – this is like painting a bull’s-eye on the house for would-be thieves.
5. Invest in electronic timers for lighting, televisions and sound systems. Having lights turn on and off automatically and at varied times will give burglars pause about whether or not a resident is really home. The same applies to TVs and radios that are playing in the background. Some systems are operable through smart phone apps – for instance from WeMo – and would be ideal for this purpose.