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Vacation Precautions for Homeowners in Chatham-Kent
Wednesday, 08 August 2018, 12:30:00 PM

Safety Precautions for Homeowners

While on Vacation


 Home Security


Summer is coming to a close all too soon. You may have already taken holidays or looking  forward to a week or two before the children go back to school. Many just go weekends or a day or two here and there but regardless, your home is often empty for extended periods of time. There are some safety measures that homeowners often neglect when vacation preparations take the forefront in their minds. This could mean the difference between ending your wonderful summer vacation on a good note or on a gloomy one.

We all like social media and it is a great way to advertise your business and keep in touch with friends and relatives. We should, however, remember that not everyone who reads your posts are your friends and precaution about what and how much you reveal is wise.

Here are just a few things to keep in mind when planning vacation time away from your home.

1)If possible invest in a Home Security System that is monitored by a 24 hour feed. Such systems at one time were very costly but have come down in price considerably and can save you many dollars in the long run.Alarm System

2) If your location is remote and does not get much traffic, you may want to consider front and rear monitored cameras. This one measure alone may dissuade robbers.

3) Motion sensors are very beneficial. Basement and patio doors are often targets and loud sounds will certainly scatter the intruders.

4) Locks on all entry doors should be secure and not easily manipulated. We are all familiar with the shows on TV where a handy bobby pin can open a locked door. Don't let that be your front or rear door.

5) Hide valuables and never leave them in open sight. Intruders are there to grab what they can quickly and get out.

6) Use timers on more than one light in your home to give the look of occupancy. Burglars often watch the site before the actual break-in. One light coming on every night at the same time is a dead give-away.

Mail box full7)Ask a neighbor or friend to retrieve the mail and pick up the flyers that seem to arrive daily. A pileup at the front door or an overflowing mailbox is a sure sign that the house is empty.

8) NEVER ADVERTISE THAT YOU ARE AWAY! I know it is fun to post those great  pictures on Facebook and other social media but remember what I said about those who read your posts.Wait until you are home to post your vacation pictures.

 Have a safe vacation and come home to a safe home, the way you left it.

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