Vacation Security – Think Like a Thief and Risk Manager

Vacation security is usually the last thing on vacationers’ minds. But this lack of focus can lead to a bad experience when they get home.

This is the time of year when families make their summer vacation plans. While finalizing your plans, don’t forget your security plans.

Today’s article will deal with the hearth and the house, not security while you are on vacation. This will be the topic of the next article.

To protect your home, think like a thief. Criminals are constantly wandering in search of seemingly uninhabited targets. But also think like a risk manager. They are “on their way” to prevent losses. So, here are some tips to make your home less thief inviting, and some ideas to prevent some home losses.

General Security

1. Do you have a home security system? If you do, do you have an external horn that goes off when the system is turned on? Get one.

2. Have your plants and shrubs grown up and blocking windows or doors? Clip them below windows and away from doors.

3. Install the mounting screws on each exterior door. Do not go cheap, but install high-quality hardware.

4. Purchase programmable timers and connect lights, TV and radio to mimic your normal routine.

5. Never store ladders and tools in the open. Put them inside a locked shed or in the garage.

6. Install blinds on your windows and doors so that you can prevent criminals from prying into your home.

7. Get your lawn mowed regularly. Overgrown grass is one of the first visible signs a thief sees and tells him that there may be someone who isn’t home.

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