Are you taking a vacation that lasts a week—or longer—during the holidays? Lucky you! Traveling this time of year is festive and fun. However, at the end of an extended journey, there’s no place like home. EMC Security has all the security and monitoring solutions you need to keep your home safe, but there are a few other ideas that can deter thieves during this active time of year. It’s also important to take steps to protect your home from fire and flood while you’re away. Put these home security and safety tasks on your vacation “to-do” list!
DO recruit another pair of eyes to watch your house. A trusted friend, neighbor or relative should be willing to check on your pets, pick up your mail, and perform any other daily home routines. Make sure you leave them your contact information in case of emergency, and instructions on how to do simple tasks such as shutting off your main water valve in case of a flood. It may sound like a lot to ask of them, but remember—you can always return the favor.
DON’T post about your trip on social media. It’s tempting to brag about your condo’s spectacular beach view, but wait until you’ve returned home with a tan. The viral nature of Facebook and Twitter posts pushes your content out to as many eyes as possible. Even if you think you have your accounts locked down tight, those posts may be seen by someone whose intent isn’t to “like” your post, but to take advantage of your absence.
DO ask the police to drive by your home. Many Atlanta-area police departments offer to send a squad car to check on your property while you’re away. Go to your local police force’s website and see if they offer a “vacation watch form,” “vacation notification,” or other way to request a visit while they’re on patrol. You may also want to notify your neighborhood watch about your plans, too.
DO move your valuables out of sight. Move computers, electronics, and jewelry away from windows. You could close your curtains and blinds, but sometimes that’s a sign to a thief that the house is unoccupied behind those curtains.
DON’T leave your lights on 24/7. Set multiple timers to turn lamps on at random times, and use common sense when setting timers. For example, you won’t want timers to come on in a bedroom at night. With EMC Security’s home automation systems, you can control all that from your mobile phone or tablet with the press of a button!
DO unplug your appliances. It reduces the possibility of a short circuit sparking a flame.
DON’T turn your heat off. Atlanta may be experiencing winter chills, but it’s a good idea to keep your heat on even if you’re not at home. During an extended vacation, pipes can freeze if the weather turns nasty. Before you leave, it’s a good idea to check pipes, valves and faucets for leaks, too.
Of course, the best vacation crime precaution is to arm your alarm from EMC Security! We provide 24/7 monitoring from our center in Suwanee, and our systems feature the latest technology with absolutely no contract required. Find out about all the services we provide for one low cost when you call 770-963-0305. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask them here, or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.