Keep Your Home Safe

November 1, 2017

Your house is your sanctuary and it should stay that way! When going on vacation or leaving your home for an extended period of time, follow these tips to ensure your home doesn’t fall culprit to break-ins and unwanted visitors.

Lock all doors and windows

It might seem overly simple, but make sure you lock all doors and windows whenever you leave your home – no matter what length of time. This way you will get in the habit of locking doors automatically, especially in the warmer months when it is easy to leave windows open by accident.

Don’t hide your key under the mat

The saying exists for a reason and surprisingly more people do it than you think. Instead of leaving a key on the exterior of your home, simply leave a key with a trusted neighbour or friend that lives close by. That way it’s never a problem if you lose your key.

Install an alarm system and motion detecting lights

Though it has a fairly high upfront cost, installing an alarm system is one of the best ways to ensure your home is protected. Installing window sensors also helps to know when your windows are open or not which is helpful relating to the first tip. Some alarm companies also have apps that let you check on your home while you are away – putting your mind at ease. Installing motion-detecting lights is another easy way to prevent theft since it draws attention to any exterior movement. However, it is important to note that animals can set off these lights too so don’t be alarmed if they turn on while you are home.

Remove obvious signs

If you are going away for a longer period of time there are some basic steps you need to take to remove any obvious signs of the home being vacant. First of all, have someone pick up your mail on a regular basis. Mailbox theft is fairly common and can be detrimental if your mail contains confidential information. Additionally, if you have a newspaper subscription, contact the company and ask them to withhold the papers for a specified period of time. Also, ask a neighbor to put out a few garbage bags in front of your house on garbage day and occasionally park their car in your driveway.

We hope that these tips help you the next time you leave your home. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns at