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Murphy’s Law for travelers: If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong while you’re on vacation.

Nothing will ruin your relaxing getaway quite like walking into a possible devastation once you have returned home. A property left empty while its occupants are away can be a tempting target for criminals. We are not trying to ruin your peace of mind as you sip beverages from a coconut with your toes in the sand however, be aware there are preventative measures that you can take to help ensure the safety of your home.

  1. Don’t Post on the Internet: If you are unsure who exactly can read and access your social media postings, then you should probably reframe from telling the world wide web you are skipping town and leaving behind an empty home. Sharing personal information to a possible crowd of complete strangers is dangerous. So be mindful with the details you post!
  2. Lights Out: Leaving a light or two on while you are away could potentially be a good idea. However, consider purchasing a light switch timer that can turn your lights on and off per the programs schedule. If criminals do have eyes on your property, they will not be pleased to see light switches flipping on and off. This way you can keep your energy bill down low, help keep our city green, and scare off potential intruders.
  3. Remove Your “Hidden” Spare Key: If a criminal is suspecting you are headed on a vacation it is more than likely they will scan the premises for the spare key. Flower pots, plastic rocks, and door mats are not fooling anyone this time.
  4. Phone A Friend: Consider your options on who would be reliable to keep a key. Ask a friend if they would be so kind as to pop their head in sporadically to check on things. Activity around the home will make all the difference, and a little peace of mind for you can go a long way.
Posted by: Jenni Mckenna on June 14, 2016
Posted in: Tenant Tips