Six Summer Security Tips

With warmer weather now here, many of us are finalizing our summer vacation plans. Before leaving for the cottage or campground though, there are a few security tips you should implement:

Property Maintenance

If you plan on being away for more than a couple of weeks, it is a good idea to have someone cut your grass and weed your garden while you are away.

Mail Collection

It is also a good idea to ask a neighbour, friend, or family member to collect your mail if you plan on being away for more than a couple of days. An over-flowing mailbox leads people to think that a house or apartment is empty.

Parked Car

If at all possible leave a car parked in your driveway. Would-be-burglars almost always never give a house with a car parked out front a second look.

Lights On

At least one interior light should be left on each night. If you are not able to hook up a lamp to an ambient light sensor or timer, or have a neighbour, friend, or family member turn one on each night for you, then install an energy efficient bulb in one of your living room or dining room lamps and leave it on during the entirety of your absence.

Keep it Hush Hush

Finally, do not post your travel plans on Facebook, or tweet about it for that matter. It is also a bad idea to leave an extended absence greeting on your cell phone or home line. Only those in your circle of trust should know where you have gone and for how long.

If implemented, these security tips should help ensure that you find your home as you left it.