4 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe When You Go on an Extended Trip

Posted on: 15 August 2016

Whether you're traveling around the world or simply helping a family member in another state for a month, your going on an extended trip can leave your home vulnerable to break-ins or other crime. Luckily, there are specific things you can do to minimize risk and protect your home while you are away. Here are four great ways to keep your home safe when you go on an extended trip.

Install a Security System

A modern home security system is a lifesaver when you are away. Your new security system should offer remote monitoring so you can check on the status of your home security and even monitor video feeds from anywhere in the world using an app on your smartphone. If someone does attempt to break into your home, the authorities will be notified immediately. In addition, many would-be criminals are deterred when they see that your home is protected by a security system. Talk to a company like Johns Brothers Security for more information about security systems that could be right for you. 

Add a Doorbell Camera

A doorbell camera looks like a normal doorbell but contains a hidden HD camera that is activated whenever someone approaches your home. Doorbell cameras also include a two-way intercom system so you can give instructions to delivery people, repair workers, etc. With a doorbell camera, you will see (and be able to speak to as well as record on video) anyone who approaches your home no matter where you are in the world.

Consider Hiring a House Sitter

For peace of mind, sometimes it's worthwhile to hire a responsible person to stay in your home and keep an eye on things. A house sitter will also water your plants, bring in your mail, and even care for your pets so you don't have to board them. You can look for a house sitter locally or through a service like Mind My House.

Add Automated Lighting

If your home will be unoccupied for stretches of time while you are away, automated lighting is an excellent idea. You can schedule your lights to come on and off at pre-set times, or whenever you want if you set them up so you can access them remotely. This not only helps your home look occupied to deter criminals but also saves energy. When you return from your trip, you will probably continue to enjoy the convenience of automated lighting and never have to return home to a dark house or worry that you are wasting energy all day when you forget to turn off a light.

By being proactive and taking these steps to keep your home safe, you can embark on your trip without anxiety or worry.