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7 Ways to Protect Your Home While You’re on Vacation

7 Ways to Protect Your Home While You’re on Vacation

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Every year, millions of people take advantage of the warm summer weather and head somewhere fun for a summer vacation. Unfortunately, this is the perfect time for someone to break into your home and steal your valuables. At our Pittsburgh Airport parking company, we don’t want to see that happen, which is why we’ve created a list of things you can do before you leave in order to protect your home:

Install a Security System

If you don’t already have a home security system, we suggest installing one. These systems not only deter break-ins, but many are connected to a help center or a police station that can investigate your home if your alarm triggers. By investing in a home security system, you can rest easy knowing there’s still protection while you’re away.

Don’t Announce Your Plans

These days, people love posting their travel plans on social media, but by doing so, they’re also letting others know that you won’t be home. Do yourself a favor and don’t announce your plans for everyone to see. The less people know, the better.

Put Your Lights on a Timer

If your home is dark night after night, it sends the message that no one is home and makes it more inviting for a break-in. By putting your lights on a timer for a few hours each night, you can give the illusion that there are people in the house. You can do this with actual timers or with an app that connects your smartphone with your home.

Lock Up Important Items

Locking your home when you leave doesn’t always mean everything inside is safe. If you have important items that need extra protection (such as jewelry, credit cards, documents, etc.), make sure you lock them up in a lock box or a safe.

Ask for a Someone’s Help

If you’re close with your neighbor or have a friend or family member who lives nearby, ask them to take care of your home while you’re away. This could be as little as collecting your mail and watering your plants to as much as them actually staying in your home. No matter how much help you ask for, it’s a good idea to have someone there while you’re gone.

Disengage Your Garage Door

Many of today’s garage doors can be opened and closed using a universal remote and unfortunately, burglars have figured this out. Before you leave, disengage the door’s electrical system so that it can’t be operated by anyone.

Get Rid of That Spare Key

Many homeowners have a spare key hidden somewhere near the house in case they get locked out. Some of the most common places include underneath the welcome mat, on top of the door, or in a fake rock, and that’s exactly where someone may look if they want to get into your home. Before you leave, take your spare key with you or give it to a trusted neighbor.

Worrying about the safety of your home while you’re on vacation can ruin your ability to relax, so do yourself a favor and follow the above steps before you go. In addition, we recommend making a Pittsburgh Airport parking reservation with PIT Stop parking to make your travels even easier!