You have been planning a family vacation for years and now that your plans are finally starting to take shape, something is holding you back.
Is it safe for you to leave your valuables behind while you’re away? How can you protect your property and possessions from theft?
According to official data, 1,729,806 burglaries took place in 2014. The data further shows that the affected individuals suffered an estimated $3.9 billion in property losses in the same year. On average basis, this accounts to $2,251 per burglary offense.
Empty houses are the main targets for burglars. Therefore, it’s crucial for you to implement these safety steps before you leave for vacation:
Hide your valuables
Expensive items, such as jewelry, should be stored in bank lockers. Hiding them at home is a risky decision, even in a safe deposit box.
In the case of any documents, such as legal or property documents, you can hide them in a safe box at home. Remember to change your safe box’s combination before leaving.
Also, invest in a robust, fireproof safe to keep your belongings safe.
Change your locks
Replace your home locks, especially the front and back door locks. Buy high grade, robust locks to deter anyone from entering your premises.
Invest in security systems
Have a security camera and burglar alarm installed in your property. Although security cameras are expensive, they are a great investment.
CCTV and alarm system are must-have security tools. A security camera can capture illegal activity, while an alarm system can notify your neighbors that a break-in is happening in your house.
Give house key to a friend or neighbor
It’s a generally a good idea to give a reliable, honest friend or neighbor your home key. They can keep an eye on your home during your absence.
Contact your locksmith company
Most importantly, don’t forget to contact your locksmith company before you leave on vacation.
They can check and update your home locks, keys, and other security hardware to ensure you can spend your vacation peacefully.
At Islander Locksmith, we go the extra mile to protect residential and commercial properties. We use state-of-the-art technology and tools to deliver prompt, effective solutions, including but not limited to; installation, repair, and replacement of locks and keys; safe opening or changing combination; key cutting and duplication and installation of CCTV cameras and burglars alarms. Above all, we operate 24/7 in our mobile emergency locksmith vans in the Islander area.