Most people look forward to a good vacation. They spend their time in the weeks and days leading up to their trip fantasizing about the fun they’re going to have and going over their packing list again and again to make sure nothing is left behind.
Unfortunately, sometimes in all of this excitement and planning something gets forgotten, something important that has the potential to ruin your otherwise perfect vacation: preparing your home for your extended absence.
The most important factor in avoiding becoming the victim of an opportunistic burglar is making your home appear lived in. A home that looks dark, lonely, and forgotten about is a clear invitation to burglars, whereas one that looks lived in, warm, and full of activity is likely to make them think twice.
Most burglars will focus on easy targets, as the longer it takes and the harder it is to gain access to your home, the higher the chance that they will be caught. However if there is clearly nobody home for days at a time, a burglar may begin to consider it an easy mark.
Luckily, with a bit of foresight and planning, it is possible to make your home an unattractive target.
Best Solution: House/Pet Sitter
Security experts agree that they best way to make your house appear lived in is to make it true: Invite a friend or relative that you trust completely to live in your home and take care of day-to-day upkeep while you are away.
This way there will be someone there to accept deliveries, bring in the mail, water your plants, and even walk your dog! And because there is someone there every day and the home will be projecting a continued sense of daily activities, burglars will be discouraged from trying to enter the property and will move on to the next target.
If you cannot have someone live in your house for the duration of your trip, here are some helpful tips to make your home less tempting:
Additional Tips for Home Safety