Vacation time is the time of the year when your home is most susceptible to burglary. Even if you have a high-tech security system in your home, the fact that your home is vacant will make it a tempting target for burglars.
However, you can protect your home while you're away and minimize the chances of burglary by avoiding the following five security mistakes before you leave for your trip:
Not putting a hold on your mail delivery
If you have several days worth of mail piling up in your mailbox, burglars may be able to enjoy easy access to some of your sensitive financial information. Backed up mail doesn't just make it so that sensitive documents could be accessible in your mailbox while you're away. It also makes it more obvious that no one is home at your house.
For these reasons, it's a good idea to notify the post office that you'll be away for a few days so that they put a hold on your mail.
Leaving spare keys outside your home
Many people leave a spare key out in their yard that is hidden away so it's available if they ever get locked out. While this can definitely come in handy in a pinch, it can also give thieves access to your home while you're away.
When you're not at home for extended periods of time, it gives thieves time to locate spare keys outside. While you may think that your key is hidden very well, you may be surprised at how adept thieves are at locating spare keys.
To prevent a break-in, take your hidden spare key inside before you leave for vacation.
Not telling any of your trusted neighbors
It's a good idea to let your most trusted neighbor know that you'll be away. This way, he or she can keep an eye on your house for you while you're on vacation.
Posting information about your vacation on social media pages
You may be tempted to share news about your vacation with all your friends on your favorite social media sites. However, it's important to realize that social media pages are often accessible to the general public.
You should either avoid posting information on social media or make sure that security preferences for your page are set up so that strangers cannot view information you post.
Forgetting to lock the doors
It's easy to forget to lock important doors when you're excited about starting off on your vacation. Make sure that you're not only locking your front door, but any other doors to your house. You should also lock doors to any cars you've got parked in your garage.