This Labor Day, millions of Americans are catching a break from the stress of home and work and opting to take a short vacation. If you’re in this group, we have some quick pointers that will let you focus this weekend so you can make the most of your holiday.
Before you start packing, here are a few things to keep in mind. Don’t announce vacation plans on Facebook or Twitter until you’re back home! Criminals read Facebook too, so be careful what you post. Alerting social networks about upcoming travel plans has led to break-ins, vandalism, and burglaries.
Take time to prep your housesitter. If you have family, a close friend, or a neighbor that checks on your house from time to time make sure that they have a unique PIN and a verbal password for your alarm system. This will help them work with emergency services in case anything goes wrong while you’re away.
Whenever you’re going to be gone a few days, it’s a good idea to update your contact list with your monitoring company. If you have a system from Protection 1, use eSecure to set up access codes and mobile notifications. Make sure your monitoring company has the right phone numbers to reach you in the event of an alarm. You should even be able to update this information online in just a few minutes. By doing so, it reduces the response time of emergency services and the chances you could have a false alarm fine. As a general rule, staying more connected will better protect your home!
While you’re at it, do a quick once-over and inspect your home for potential vulnerabilities. Think like a thief and look for tree limbs that are close to second-story windows or other landscaping features that might aid entry, or large objects around your home that could serve as hiding spots. Lock up any gates to potential hazards such as a swimming pool, and make sure the gates are sensored too. This will help keep explorative children away from dangerous areas and notify you when they have been accessed.
The last thing to cross off your list while you’re leaving home is locking up. Move your vehicles into your garage or driveway. Cars are more likely to be broken into or vandalized when they are in a neutral area like the street. Many home insurance policies have coverage that extends to your vehicle when incidents occur when they are closer to your home. Keep them out of harm’s way and better covered!
When you leave, double-check windows and doors in your house to ensure they are locked and, don’t forget to close your garage door and set your alarm! But if you forget and you happen to be a Protection 1 customer, no worries… we have you covered! Just log into the eSecure app on your smartphone or tablet and start enjoying your weekend!