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How To Keep Your Tampa Home Safe While On Vacation

It’s natural to worry about your house while you’re away, but that shouldn’t keep you from going on vacation. However, the whole point of a vacation is to de-stress and relax, and worrying about your empty home’s safety isn’t going to let you do that.

The only viable solution you’re left with? A modern home security system installation.

Available data has made it clear that most burglars look out for empty homes rather than ones that are occupied; therefore, it’s important to tighten the security measures around your property while you’re away.

Here’s what we suggest.  

Make Sure No Mail or Newspapers are Piling up on the Driveway or Porch

One tell-tale sign that a house’s usual occupants are away and may remain so for a while is the huge pile of yellowing newspapers on your porch and mail piling up on your driveway. Any burglars scouring your neighborhood will take one look and settle on your house as their next possible target.

Ideally, if you’re going on a vacation, put your mail on hold, and cancel the newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Alternatively, you could get a house-sitter or neighbor to clear it all out once a day.  

Make It Look like Someone’s Home

If your house constantly looks like someone is home, then there are fewer chances of burglars making their way into it.

Do you always close all of your curtains and blinds when you’re at home? Probably not. So, if you’re going away, consider keeping curtains halfway open in one part of the house. Ideally, it’s better to choose an upstairs window since that would be harder for anyone to peak through. Also, it’d be better to leave the blinds open in the living room rather than the bedroom.

Also, consider placing porch and interior lights on a timer that allows them to go on and off at certain times of the day. This will make it look like someone is at home.

Have Someone Checkup on Your Home Regularly

You could also go about things the old-school way. Just get a neighbor, family member, or friend to check up on your house on a daily or weekly basis. They can make sure everything is in order and let any potential criminals see that the house isn’t completely unattended.

Anybody checking up on the house can also pick up the mail left on the porch, and if you’re gone for long, they can keep your plants watered and mow the grass.

Invest In a Home Automation System

One thing that can really help you keep your home safe while putting your mind at ease is a modern, fully automated home system. The latest ones let you control everything from indoor temperature to security features, locks, and lights remotely, through a few taps on your phone!

The home automation systems can be integrated with security cameras placed inside and outside of your home so that you can check in personally and see your home whenever you want!

If you’d like to learn more about residential home automation systems for your house in Tampa, reach out to our team at Max Video & Security. We offer a wide variety of security and surveillance solutions for homes.

Contact us for more information.