Traveling is a great way to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy some downtime; whether your destination involves soaking up culture in a metropolitan area or enjoying some fun in the sun on a beach vacation, traveling is for unwinding, experiencing new things and taking a break from the stresses of everyday life.
That said, for many travelers and vacationers, home security can be a major source of stress and anxiety. Worrying about burglars, intruders and other aspects of home safety can ruin any vacation, no matter how fun or relaxing the setting. To reduce stress and further enjoy your travels, use the following tips to protect your home, put your mind at ease, and make the very most of your travels.
Home Security Systems
By and large, the best way to protect your home is through the use of home security systems. By offering new hi-tech features, modern security alarms for your home can bring some much needed peace of mind. The following features would make a good start to your home security system:
-Motion sensors for windows and entryways.
-Siren alarms for burglaries, fires, floods and other emergencies.
– Real-time contact with police and other emergency services.
-Affordable, easy-to-operate technology.
Since well-lit areas are less desirable for would-be intruders, make sure your home’s exterior and yard are sufficiently illuminated. First of all, make sure the lights on your street are in working order. If you spot a blown or dimmed streetlight, contact your power company and request repairs. This could take some time, so make your requests well in advance of your trip.
Secondly, walkway lighting and floodlights also improve visibility, which can deter would-be burglars and intruders. Remember to install lighting in the corners of your yard, as well as near trees, shrubbery and flower beds. Also, installing timers on both interior and exterior lights is a great way to give your home the illusion of occupancy while you’re away.
A home with unruly landscaping can provide the perfect cover for an intruder. Since large trees, dense shrubbery and overgrown greenery make your home incredibly vulnerable, use the following landscaping tips to discourage burglars and protect your property:
-Remove any trees or shrubbery that obstruct the view of your home from the street. Instead, opt for trees and bushes with moderately dense greenery; this will add interest without providing cover for burglars.
-To reduce the risk of burglars climbing through upper-story windows, large trees should be planted several feet away from your home. For even more security, choose trees with small, weak branches.
-Prevent would-be intruders from lurking near first-story windows by cutting back shrubbery so that it’s several inches shorter than windows’ lower ledges.
-Keep your lawn and property tidy; lock away any items that may be desirable to thieves.
A major indicator of an empty home is the buildup of mail, newspapers and other deliveries. To prevent this, enlist the help of a neighbor or family friend. Give them a heads up on any deliveries you may be expecting, and ask that your mail be picked up at least two or three times per week. If you subscribe to a daily newspaper, ask that your subscription be held until you return from vacation.
On your next vacation, enjoy your time away to the fullest. Use these tips to protect your home and provide the peace of mind necessary to fun, relaxing travels. Bon voyage!
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