There’s still plenty of summer left and if you’re planning on taking a vacation, it’s the perfect time for a burglar to break in and collect your belongings. Here are some things from our Newark Airport parking members that you can do to protect your home while you’re away.
Invest In a Security System
First and foremost, a security system is the easiest way to protect your home when you’re not there. If you don’t already have one, do some research and consider investing in one. They not only deter break-ins, but most are connected to a help center or police station that can respond quickly if the alarm triggers. You’ll be able to relax knowing you’re protected.
Put Your Lights on a Timer
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. When lights are on in your home, burglars will often give up the idea of breaking in, since they believe people are awake. Put your lights on a timer and have them come on for a few hours each night to make others think you’re still there. You can do this with actual timers or with an app that connects to your smartphone.
Ask a Neighbor for Help
What else are neighbors for? If you’ll be away for an extended period of time, see if one of your neighbors can collect your mail, mow your grass, feed your pets, water your plants, and more. Not only will there be someone at your home while you’re gone, you won’t have to worry about coming home to extra chores or clean-up.
Lock Up Your Valuables
This may go without saying, but don’t leave your valuables out in plain sight. If someone does happen to break in, you don’t want them finding your jewelry, laptop, money, credit cards, heirlooms, or anything else that’s of value to you. Invest in a safe or a lockbox to keep them protected.
Keep Your Plans a Secret
Social media is everywhere these days, and it’s tempting to post about your upcoming trip on Facebook, Twitter, and more, however, you’re better off keeping your plans a secret. The less people know, the better.
Get Rid of Your Spare Key
If you’re someone who hides a spare key underneath the welcome mat, in a fake rock, on top of the door, or in another easily accessible area, make sure you take it with you or leave it with a neighbor while you’re gone. You don’t want anyone finding it and walking right into your home.
Disengage the Garage Door
Many garage doors can operate with a universal remote, and burglars have figured this out. Before you leave, disengage the door’s electrical system so that it can’t be accessed by anyone.
Now that you know how to keep your home safe, why not keep your car safe too? Make a parking reservation with us and we’ll keep a close eye on your car while you’re away. You won’t have to worry about it being stolen or broken into.