Are you traveling for the Fourth of July holiday? AAA estimates that 41 million people will travel either by car or plane this weekend! If you and your family are in that 41 million there are some things you can do to make your house more secure even if you are only gone for a few days!
1- Tell your neighbors that you are going to be out of town and an emergency contact number. That way if they see anything out of the ordinary going on at your house they can get in touch with you.
2- Put timers on interior lights and motion sensors on exterior lights. These will benefit you year round and are a big bonus when you are out of town. Nothing tells everyone you are gone like a completely dark house for a few days.
3- Give a key to a neighbor, a friend or hire a house sitter. Ask them to stop by and bring any packages or mail inside and just check on your home. Things can happen and it’s better to find out about a leak or toilet that was left running early than to come home three days later to a mess and a lot of unnecessary damage.
4- Double check all windows and doors to make sure they are locked. Add some extra protection to sliding glass doors by putting a cut piece of wood or large dowel rod in the groves at the bottom of the frame, making it impossible to open the doors.
5- Make sure your yard looks like it has been cared for. High grass and unruly hedges can be the first clue that no one is home to someone thinking about breaking in.
Take a few minutes to do these things and then set off on your trip without worrying too much about your home!