It’s time for your family’s annual road trip. You’re doing everything you can to make sure the trip is as safe as it is memorable, having your car inspected and serviced, packing snacks and water in case you get caught in traffic, and making sure everyone’s buckled in before you move an inch. You’ve also done a quick perimeter check around the house, making sure everything’s unplugged, turned off, and otherwise battened down. Before you pat yourself on the back, ask yourself: can you be sure your home is really safe while you’re gone? Rather than guessing, get in touch with Vigilante Security.
Steps to Secure Your Home
There are several steps you can take to ensure your home stays safe even when you’re not in it. Ordinary Traveler has some useful tips for keeping your home safe, but from a security standpoint, there are three things we’ve found most useful:
Keep Your Travels to Yourself
This is one of the most important steps you can take. We know this is an age of overshare; if there’s no status update, tweet, or extensively-hashtagged photo, it’s like your vacation never happened. But you can’t simply assume that everyone on your feed has your best interests at heart, especially since most of us don’t do enough to secure our online footprint. If the wrong person finds out you’re not around, that could be their golden opportunity to help themselves to your home and its contents.
One more thing to keep in mind: there are more ways to “advertise” your absence than you’d think. If you’re going to be gone for an extended period, schedule landscape maintenance, since an overgrown lawn is tantamount to leaving out a welcome mat.
Confide in Someone You Trust
Speaking of welcome mats, there’s a better option than leaving a spare key there. The old expression says that good fences make good neighbors. We’d like to look at that from another perspective: good neighbors make good fences. If you have a neighbor you trust, ask them to keep an eye on your property while you’re not there. They can’t be there all the time, of course, but it helps when someone’s bringing in your mail and keeping all those Amazon boxes from piling up your porch so your home doesn’t look vacant.
Install a Home Security System
A professionally-installed home security system is another great way to keep your home safe in the summer (and year round). Vigilante Security will conduct a walkthrough with you to identify potential problems and to customize a security system to your needs — not just a burglar alarm, but also environmental monitoring to safeguard against smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, burst pipes, and more. You can often save on your insurance, and you’ll also save your peace of mind, since our 24/7 remote monitoring ensures someone’s keeping an eye on your home around the clock — especially when you’re not there.
Work with Residential Alarm System Installation Experts
To the average homeowner thinking about home security in Troy, MI, the whole thing can seem mystifying and even a bit daunting. It seems like there’s a list of advice that’s miles long, some of it contradictory, and an equally-long list of home security solutions and companies that promise the moon — even if you’re the one doing the installation and all the hard work. Vigilante Security has the solutions and experience to install a home security system you can trust, backed by round the clock monitoring so you can get away from it all without risking everything. Call us today!