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BLOG: Top 5 Home Security Tips For When You're on Vacation


The last worry you want when going on vacation is the safety of your home. Statistics show that the highest percentage of burglaries occur in the summer months. The easiest way to prevent this worry is by protecting your home prior to leaving. Here are a few easy home safety tips you can implement before going away on that much-needed getaway:

1. Make Sure Your Alarm System Works and is Activated

Many people have an alarm system but never actually use it; having one is a great start because burglars look for alarm systems and possible deterrents that could prevent them from entering. Did you know that homes without security systems are up to 300 percent more likely to be broken into? It may seem like a no-brainer, but those who make the most of having a system by activating it are much better off because once it is triggered, an intruder is much more likely to abandon the break-in.

2. Keep Alarm Wires Hidden

Typically, alarm system wiring is set in a visible area but gives burglars easy access to cut them and deactivate it before proceeding with breaking in. Hide them away so they aren’t easily detectable.

3. Give Outsiders the Appearance That Your Home is Occupied

Once a burglar sees that a house appears to be vacant, their opportunity to break in becomes a realistic option. The best thing to do is to leave an interior or exterior light on to make them think someone is home. Light (interior and exterior), time, and noise are a homeowner’s greatest weapons in the fight to prevent a home burglary. If you want to save some money on your electric bill and don’t want to leave your light on for an extended period while you’re away, there is a large variety of timers on the market that plug directly into an outlet and turn your lights and electronics on and off at certain times of the day; some models even pair with your smartphone so you have the ability to control your outlets wherever your vacation takes you.

4. Secure All Sliding Doors With Metal Bars

Even with a lock on a sliding door, an intruder can easily bend the lock and break the door open. Every sliding door should have a metal bar either going across the middle or the bottom of the door to prevent the door from being forced open.

5. Protect Your Windows 

Shatterproof windows are always worth the upgrade as well as reliable locking windows. Windows are an easy access point to break into a home or business. Installing windows and doors with burglar-resistant glass or windows with more than one pane of glass is also a good option if that fits your budget easier.

Summer is a peak time for vacations, and would-be burglars know this. By taking these simple measures, a significant number of break-ins could be prevented across the country.

For when simple precautions aren’t enough, turn to FTC’s Security offerings to ensure your family and possessions are safe from harm this summer. This includes FTC’s standout, the SkyBell Video Doorbell. Whether you’re home or away, feel confident knowing you can see who’s at your door. For more information, give us a call at 888-218-5050 and a representative would be happy to discuss the best security options for your family.