Vacationing? How Home Security Can Put You at Ease.

July 10, 2019 9:32 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We all deserve a chance to escape and enjoy some serious rest and relaxation, especially during the warm summer months. The idea of taking some time to spend with family, play on the beach, or just get away from it all is tempting. Who couldn’t use a break from the worries and stresses of life?

Unfortunately, we have all heard at least one horror story about homes being broken into while the family was away on vacation. It is hard to imagine a worse ending to a week of fun than returning to a home that has been broken into and ransacked. Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to “vacation-proof” your home before you set out that can give you some peace of mind. Here are some suggestions.

Install a Security System

At Instant Alarm, we are committed to providing your home with top of the line custom security. Our consultants can work with you and determine what your family and home’s needs are. Then we design a custom solution for you. Some families decide on door and window alarms while others go for the more comprehensive package that includes surveillance cameras, wireless access, and 24/7 monitoring. Having a security system is a major deterrent for burglars who are looking for a home that may be easy to enter.

Install Automated Outdoor and Indoor Lighting

One of the major giveaways to criminals that a homeowner is away on vacation is that the house does not look lived in. Lighting can be a method to fool a passerby into thinking you are at home. Motion sensor lighting around the perimeter of your home is a great place to start. The illumination can alert neighbors that someone is on your property and potentially scare away intruders. Interior lighting that is set up to activate at certain hours is also a smart idea. Homes that have smart technology can even set up a system that allows for certain lights in certain rooms to go on and off according to a schedule set by the owner.

Maintain Landscaping and Normal Activities

One big red flag to potential burglars is the lawn that is usually well-manicured is suddenly unkempt. Or a pile of magazines and letters piling up outside your mailbox may be another big sign that “We are not home!” Keep the lawn cut and alert the postal service that you will be away and to hold your mail. You may also want to let the local police department know of your plans as well.

Don’t Advertise Your Trip

We know it is tempting to tell everyone you know about your upcoming plans, but wait until after the vacation. Only tell a few select friends and neighbors about your plans. Do NOT tell people on social media or “check in” to a resort hotel on Facebook, Instagram or SnapChat. That is dangerous. Wait until you have arrived home to download photos and tell everyone all about it.

Check Environmental Sensors

It’s always a good idea to check your smoke detector and CO alarms before you head off just to be sure they are working. Some homes even have heat and water sensors that can alert homeowners while they are away that something is awry at home.

Take Care of Last Minute Items

Right before you head out the door, remove that hidden spare key, turn down your thermostat, get any valuables out of sight, and unplug any non-essential electronics. It may seem like a pain but you will be happy if there is an incident and you have done these small last minute things. Who knows when there might be a storm that causes an electrical surge or someone who happens across your spare key while you aren’t there?

Do you need help securing your home for your next vacation? Call Instant Alarm and talk to one of our specialists today. Call us at 800-499-9070 or visit our website at