Imagine this: your long-awaited vacation is finally upon you. Your excitement for some much-needed R&R is building, but as you open the front door to your vacation home, you immediately become aware something is not quite right. Upon further scrutiny, you discover you’ve been victimized by vandals and/or home burglars. Nothing feels worse than having your personal security violated, especially in your (supposed) safe haven. So much for relaxation: this is not the way you want to begin your vacation. The good news is that you can take a couple of preventative measures to minimize the chances of such misfortune. Following are a few effective suggestions to keep in mind as you go to and from your vacation home this season:
Contact Us. Install a home security system that includes surveillance cameras and a proper alarm notification system. You need the best home security system you can afford. California security systems are designed with the ‘California lifestyle’ in mind. They generally include indoor and outdoor cameras strategically placed throughout the residential area as well as an integrated alarm. They can also be set up for remote viewing, which is highly recommended for properties that stay vacant for extended periods of time. Criminals look for easy targets, so a home properly secured with the best home security system is too risky and time-consuming for most thieves. They will likely move on to a home that has not been protected with the proper precautions.
Think Like a Burglar. Be aware of the things burglars look for when they scope out a prospective victim. They want a home that is not frequently occupied and is not easily visible from the street and other residential homes in the neighborhood and one that looks like it might be filled with valuables. The best way to discourage a burglar on the prowl is to make your home look lived in and occupied. If you are away from the home for extended periods, use a P.O. Box or trusted neighbor to collect your mail. Make sure the landscape is regularly maintained and take out any “For Rent” signs you may have in the yard, as it is a proverbial bull’s-eye on the property. With All-Guard’s All-Connect, you can control your security system, thermostats, lighting, door locks, and more – from anywhere in the world with a WiFi connection, making your vacation home appear occupied even when you’re not there. All-Connect also enables you to remotely control who can have access to your property by allowing you to create and delete additional pass codes.
Enlist the Troops. If you have trustworthy neighbors, notify them when your home will be unoccupied for extended periods of time and ask them to keep an eye out for anything that appears out-of-the-ordinary. In addition, inform the authorities. In some areas, if requested, they’ll periodically patrol your vacation home, driving by every now and then to check on it. The more eyes on your property, the better off it is.
Rent it Out. You may also choose to rent out your second home when you’re not there, or offer it to friends to use. If you’re comfortable with the intricacies of renting, it can be a very effective way to keep the home secured and occupied. Of course, it’s wise to use reasonable precautions when deciding to whom you trust with your property. You should ask for references, sufficient deposits and make sure you secure any valuables you wouldn’t want to lose.
In California, vacation homes are often found in elite areas such as beach and ski resorts, where the sheer density of available assets is very attractive to criminals. For these areas in California, security systems and precautionary steps should be standard methods for protecting your vacation property. All Guard Systems can help you determine your unique security needs and assist you in taking the necessary measures to protect your family, property and life.