If you are going to be leaving for a vacation, then you want to know you aren't putting your home and everything in it at risk. There are some steps you should take ahead of time to help your home remain safe until you return. If criminals know you are gone, then you are at a higher chance of being victimized. Here are 4 things you should do ahead of time.
1: Make use of those you can trust: If you have a neighbor that you know you can trust, then you can call on them to help watch over your home. Give them a key incase they need to deal with a problem or to feed and water pets, or take care of plants. Ask them to retrieve your mail and pick up any fliers, magazines, pamphlets or door hangers left on your property, so it isn't obvious that no one is there. If you don't know which neighbor you can trust, ask a friend or relative who lives close by if they can do these things for you.
2: Secure everything possible: Put all valuables, machinery, bicycles and anything else in the yard into a shed or garage that is secured. Anything that can't be put in storage, but is at risk of being stolen, should be chained down and locked with a heavy-duty lock. Go through the house before you leave to make sure all windows and doors are locked and secured with dowels or secondary locks if you have them. Don't forget to check the locks on all outbuildings and gates.
3: Consider finally having that alarm system put in: If you've been thinking of having an alarm system installed, now would be a good time to finally follow through with it. Get one you can access, monitor and control via your laptop or other device, so you can turn it on and off as needed, as well as monitor what's happening at the house. You'll feel much more connected to your home when you can pop online and connect with it while you are away.
4: Have a locksmith come out: You'll feel much better locking up your home and leaving knowing a professional has given it their seal of approval. A locksmith company like Scottsdale Locksmithing can check your locks to make sure none should be replaced. If some are weak or damaged, they can put better ones in place. They can also maintain your safe while they are there.