How to Keep Your Home Safe During Travel

by Country Inns & Suites
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

There are several well-known ways to prepare your home before you travel. Holding your newspaper and mail, putting your lights on a timer, and asking a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home are all basic, yet important measures to take before you hit the road. However, there are some extra precautions you can take to ensure that you leave your home safe and keep your travels stress-free.

1. Don’t broadcast your travel dates on social media.

Posting your upcoming travel dates on Facebook or Twitter may seem like a good idea, but it can invite unwanted attention. You wouldn’t post your vacation plans on a sign in your front yard, so why post it on social media where several people can see it? If you can’t resist the urge to post, be sure to change your account settings to private and avoid posting the exact dates that you’ll be traveling.

2. Toss the timer and control your lights from around the world.

It’s a good idea to have your lights on while you are gone to give the appearance that someone is home. Take technology to the next level with advanced light switches and activation apps for your cell phone or tablet. Light switches, like the Belkin WeMo Light Switch, can be easily installed in your home, and the corresponding mobile app allows you to control your lights from anywhere in the world so you can turn them on and off as you please.

Home safety app

3. Keep your house buzzing with activity.

Your home is less likely to be broken into if there are people coming and going while you’re on vacation. Schedule some outdoor home maintenance work during your trip, such as lawn mowing or landscaping, and use a company you trust or one that has been recommended by a friend. You should also plan to pay them in advance so they don’t leave the invoice on the front door.

4. Make some noise!

Control your electronics, like a TV or home stereo system, remotely to make it seem as though the house is bustling with people. You can virtually control and monitor any electronic device in your home with your cell phone or computer when you use a home automation system, such as Ninja Blocks.

5. Don’t ignore the basics.

Technology can be great for home security, but don’t forget the basics! Always remember to remove the spare key you‘ve hidden on your porch, ask a friend to take your trash and recycling out as scheduled and bring in your mail and newspapers, and unplug your automatic garage door opener to keep thieves from opening it with a universal remote.

You should be able to concentrate on your business trip or relax on vacation without worrying about your home security. Taking the time to make these few adjustments will help you feel confident that your home and possessions are safe and secure.