The holidays are a popular time of the year to plan a vacation, whether it’s to visit family or to have an adventure. It is also a popular time for thieves to plot how they are going to spot and break into unoccupied homes for their own personal gain. What can you do to keep your home safe and have peace of mind while you’re out of town?

Use a commercial alarm system

Having a commercial home monitoring system is one of the most popular ways to keep your home secure while you’re away. For a monthly fee, your home is monitored 24/7 by a trained professional. All you have to worry about is setting the alarm before you leave the house. Usually, if the alarm is tripped and your personal code is not entered into the system, the company will make a courtesy call to your home and ask for a secret password that you agree upon beforehand. If the password isn’t given or if no one picks up the phone, the police are called to your home right away. There are many companies that offer this service. Shop around and you can find the best service for your budget and security needs.

Set up your own home monitoring system

Sometimes, paying a monthly fee to monitor your house is not an option. If not, you can set up your own monitoring system. Today, small surveillance cameras are more widely available than ever! There are even packages you can buy from your neighborhood store that include multiple cameras and software that you can install yourself. This allows you to monitor your home in real time. Using this method puts you in charge of your own home security, and you can better control your home security needs.

Set your appliances on a timer

This should be done in addition to one of the suggestions above and not solely used to keep criminals out of your house. Set a couple of appliances to go on and off at certain times of the day to make it appear as though there is someone home. Picking different times for different appliances may also add an extra boost to this method. For example, if you set the television in your living room to go on from 6pm – 10pm, you can set the light in your bedroom to go on from 10pm to midnight to make it seem like someone is going from the living room to the bedroom. Using this technique can make it harder for someone to know whether or not someone is actually home.

Ask a friend/family member/neighbor to keep an eye on your house

If someone you know and trust lives close by and they will be home and close by while you are away, ask them if they can keep an eye on your house. If it is someone you really trust, you may want to leave a key to the home as well. This way not only can they check the inside of your home to make sure everything is okay, to someone unfamiliar with the neighborhood it may seem like they also live there. They can check in with you or the police right away if something seems off.

Keeping your home safe is an important aspect of home ownership. Another sound way to keep your place secure is to have the right homeowner’s insurance policy. Contact us today to get a quick insurance quote and find the policy that is right for you!