What Not To Do On Vacation

January 07, 2019

Vacation should be relaxing. A time to get away from the stresses of regular life. The last thing you should worry about is whether your home is safe while you're away. What you do while you are away will have a huge bearing on this, which is why there are certain things you should avoid if possible. Here are a few.

#1. Posting on Social Media

Sharing photographs and checking in to fun, exciting destinations can be a great way to share your trip with the world. However, it also puts burglars on notice that you are not at home, leaving it vulnerable to a break-in. Criminals often troll social media sites to see who is not at home so they can target their houses accordingly. Avoid using hashtags such as "vacation" and "beach life" because burglars can search for these and pinpoint when you're away.

#2. Letting Mail or Newspapers Accumulate

Signs of being away from home are not always posted on social media. If your mailbox is overflowing with mail or newspapers are piling up on your front doorstep, this is also a sign. Stop delivery of your mail and newspapers, and have someone check your home on a daily basis to pick up any handbills that are stuck inside your door or packages left on your porch.

#3. Keep your Home in the Dark

People are watching for more than just piles of mail or newspapers. They are also checking to see whether or not your lights go on and off at regular intervals. Place sensors that will automatically turn your lights on and off at random intervals to simulate someone moving around.

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