Home Security Planning for Peaceful Summer Vacations

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Now that you’ve packed your suitcase and found a pet sitter for your dog, it’s time to vacation-proof your St. Louis home. Home security while on vacation is vital to prevent break-ins while you’re away. Discover some of the best ways to ensure your home stays safe while you’re lounging on the beach or trekking through the mountains this summer.

Invest in a Monitored Security System

Alarms, cameras and remote monitoring are some of the best ways to prepare your house for a vacation. Install a door camera to keep tabs on who stops by your house and place a security system at common entrance points to deter unwanted intruders. Prior to your departure, test these systems and remove any debris blocking the camera’s view.

Timers and Smart Home Automation

When embarking on a trip, it’s important to make it look like someone is home so burglars don’t suspect an easy target. Fortunately, technology has made it much simpler to look like you’re home when you’re not! Set up timers for your appliances and incorporate smart devices so you can turn your lights on and have the TV playing remotely even when you’re away. 

Pause Your Mail Deliveries

Putting a hold on your mail not only prevents your mailbox from becoming a piñata of envelopes but also ensures any valuable documents aren’t lying out in public for an extended period. Consider getting a trusty neighbor to check on your mail while you’re away or stop by your local post office to put a hold on your mail for up to 30 days. For an even longer vacation, consider requesting a temporary change of address from the post office. 

Have Someone Keep an Eye on Your Empty Home

While you’re having your neighbor check on your mail, consider having them watch over your property. If neighbors aren’t available, enlist your friends, family or even professional house-sitters. The St. Louis County Police also offer a Vacation Inspection Program where you can fill out a form to have an officer drive by your house daily while you’re away.

Securing Doors and Windows

Before you leave, inspect all windows and doors to check if they’re secure. Make sure there aren’t any signs of warping from warm weather that could make them difficult to lock properly. As an extra level of caution, place a broom or large object in front of your doors and windows to prevent them from opening.

Secure Your Home While You’re Away With Window World Windows & Doors

Curious about installing a more secure window or door before you go on your trip? Our team at Window World of St. Louis is ready to help you find the right fit for your home so you can enjoy a worry-free vacation. We offer windows with highly impact-resistant glass and doors with reinforced jambs. Request your free estimate today!

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