A vacation is a time to rest, relax, and stop worrying about all of the things you have to do around the house on a day-to-day basis. However, it’s hard to relax if you spend the whole vacation worrying about your home.

Home intruders prey on people who are clearly away from their home. It’s much easier to plan a break-in from a house you know is empty for an extended period of time than trying to figure out when someone won’t be home.  

There are a number of ways to improve your home security to ensure your home and belongings are safe while you’re on vacation. In this article, we’ll provide you with a list so that you can relax and enjoy your time away from home.

1. Ask a favor from the neighbor

Being friendly with the neighbors has a lot of benefits. You can borrow their tools or ask for a hand moving something. When you go on vacation, ask your neighbors to bring in your mail for you. An overflowing mailbox is a clear sign that you’re away from home.

Make sure your neighbor has your cell phone number so they call you if anything seems out of place–like if they notice a strange vehicle in your driveway.

2. Get a house-sitter

If you have a relative in the area, maybe a niece or nephew, ask them to stay at your home while you’re away. If they live with mom and dad, they’ll probably be thrilled at the chance to have their own place for the weekend.

As an added bonus, they’ll be able to feed your pets, water your lawn, and take out the trash for you while you’re away.

3. Don’t advertise that you’re away

Most people these days have grown comfortable posting their whereabouts on social media. However, doing so when you’re away is an easy way to tip off would-be burglars that your house might be empty for a week or more.

4. Buy a cheap security system

You can find dozens of security cameras for under $60 on Amazon. When asked, 60% of burglars said the presence of a security system made them decide to move on to another home.

Complement this with a sticker that says you have a security system in place. It could be the one-dollar sticker that makes a would-be burglar decide to leave your house without breaking in.

5. Remove spare keys

Many people leave spare keys in obvious places because it’s easy to describe to people who might need to get in. However, if it’s easy for welcome guests to find it’s also easy for unwelcome guests.

6. Double check doors and windows

When making your to-do list for vacation, be sure to include double checking the locks on your doors, windows, and garage. Almost 30% of burglaries occur when someone enters through an unlocked door or window.

This also applies to any vehicles that you might be leaving in your driveway during your vacation. Remove valuables from the vehicle and place them inside your home in a safe place.

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