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How to keep your home secure while you're on vacation.

Holidays are the most anticipated days of the year and details can easily be overlooked, but will your home and what is inside of it be well protected?

Here are some recommendations and security measures to protect your home on vacation:

1. Don't let mail accumulate

If you're trying to protect your home while you're on vacation, it's a good idea to find ways to keep mail from accumulating in the mailbox or on the doorstep. You should have a trusted friend or close relative pick up the mail. If you're really proactive, you can ask companies to send bills electronically.

Also, during the holidays if you can try to suspend the services of newspapers and magazines, to avoid that them accumulating in the entrance of the house.

2. Before leaving, check everything twice

It is necessary to double-check each area of the house for instance:

  • Turn off the gas and stove burners.

  • Check the water tap and the connections in the laundry.

  • Unplug appliances.

  • Close the doors, windows, garage and other areas of the house to ensure its safety.

  • Small accessories such as jewelry, money and laptops should ideally be placed in a safe, as they are usually the first objects to be stolen.

3. Pretending someone is in the house

The idea is to make people think there's movement in the house. One way to do this is to leave some internal and external lights on. There are also security systems that allow you to program when the light should be on and when it should be off, thus saving energy and protecting the house.

Another preventive measure is for a close relative to visit the house at least once a day, so that people are thought to be in the house.

4. Install security systems, such as hidden cameras

To give greater security to your home is a security system such as surveillance cameras. bThere are hidden camera systems that include an alarm and this is a good deterrent.bbOne of the technological complements to the security systems with camera, are the electronic locks. Thanks to the technology they currently use, they provide active security for the home and family.

5. Keeping vacations low profile

The fewer people who know you're going on vacation, the better for the protection of your home. Another factor related to the low profile during vacations, is to avoid publishing our movements on social media while you are on vacation. You don't want to let potential thieves know your house is abandoned.

It is smarter to inform a limited circle of people, only close and trusted family members, about your trip.

6. Leave the keys with a friend, neighbor, or relative

You should not forget to leave the keys with a trusted family member or friend. If there is an emergency, it will be helpful to have the keys handy. In addition, they can help keep the house moving, thus diverting the attention of thieves in our absence.

This simple security measure will make it possible for your and your family to enjoy your holiday with complete peace of mind, knowing that someone they trust is watching over the home.

7. Keeping an eye on the time of departure

Finally, we must consider the time of departure from the house. If you're traveling by car, your bags should be ready to leave early so that you don't attract the attention of those who might be driving by.

Bearing in mind these recommendations, you should have a vacation of complete relaxation and much more to know that our home is safe. Nothing will give you greater satisfaction when you arrive from vacation to find your house as you left it.

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