Trips, Vacations, & Summer…Oh my.

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Bridget Sigillito

May 21, 2014

Here in the office, with Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, we’ve been talking about our summer trips and vacations. It got me thinking, what is the best way to keep a home safe while out of town? Should I leave the lights on a timer? Ask someone to pick-up the mail? Or should I just have a friend stay at the house? Who wants that stress when the purpose of vacation is to relax? So, I decided to do a little research…there was a lot of advice out there, some of it contradictory. However, the main point I came across was to make sure the home looks lived in. But there were different opinions on what that meant too. Some people said to stop the mail so it wouldn’t pile up, but others thought that would be obvious no one was home if a robber was watching the house. I put together a list that i found most helpful, from a few different websites.

1. Make the home appear to be lived in.

    • The best way to make your home look lived in is to actually have someone house sit for you, but if that is not possible, take other steps. There were different views on what that could mean. Whether or not to stop the mail, etc., but it is important to not have the obvious signs that no one is home. In my opinion, I think it would be more beneficial to have a friend or family member grab your mail. The mail carrier will not skip your home, and while your friend is there, they will be able to keep up more appearances of being lived in: water the plants, mow the lawn, take out the trash, etc.

2. Stay off of social media!

    • This sounds absurd in the age of Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram at our finger tips 24/7, but it could let the wrong people know you’re going out of town and how long you’ll be gone.

3. Unplug!

    • Unplug appliances to prevent fires, and unplug automatic garage doors to help prevent the use of a universal remote to break-in to your home.

4. Time the lights

    • If you are not able to have someone house sit, set some lights on a timer to give the appearance that someone is home in the evenings.

5. Clear the GPS

    • If you are parking your car somewhere other than your home, at the airport for instance, clear the GPS unit history. If the car is stolen, it could lead them straight to your home.

Whether it’s for a week or a weekend, I hope this helps you prepare for fun filled vacations, giving you peace of mind to truly relax while away! What do you think are the most important things to do before a trip? Tell us on Facebook & Twitter @brennangroupstl!

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