Are you the proud owner of a rental property? Or perhaps you have a vacation getaway for special occasions. In either case, your second home is subject to serious security risks. Why? Because 66% of all burglaries are home break-ins. So imagine what happens to that percentage when your home is left vacant for long periods of time? If you fail to take the necessary measures, you are essentially inviting burglars to rob your property. Here are some steps you can take to prevent that:
Hide Vacancy Status
Don’t want strangers to know your home is vacant? Make it appear as if it isn’t. In addition to a home security system, hire a lawn service to keep the landscape fresh and well maintained. You can even ask the neighbor to occasionally turn lights on and off. This is especially useful because consistent darkness around a home is one of the main indicators of its vacancy, and one of the biggest invitations for thieves.
Install ADT Home Security
The most foolproof way to ensure home safety while away, is to invest in an ADT Home Security System. With Safety Monitoring, your home can remain under security surveillance at all times. Additionally, with new Home Automation technology, you can make it look like someone is home without the help of your neighbor. An example setup would be If a motion sensor is activated, a light would turn on immediately. This would probably scare away a burglar expecting a vacant house.
Notify Law Enforcement
Don’t be afraid to notify local police that your home will be vacant for an extended period. In many cases, law enforcement will patrol the area more than usual to ensure no break ins have occurred, or are about to. Of course, you’ll want to call or email the law enforcement offices rather than using the emergency 911 line.
Talk to Neighbors
Depending on the neighborhood, striking up a conversation with neighbors can give you an extra set of eyes while you’re away. If you befriend neighbors in the direct vicinity of your home, you can ask them to casually keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors. This helps give you peace of mind that your house is not completely ignored while you’re away. Call 1-866-364-5184 to discuss our ADT Home Security Packages.