Summer is here and there’s a good chance that if you haven’t taken a vacation already, you will within the coming months. While getting out of town is always fun, leaving your home unattended for days at a time can have unexpected consequences—if you’re not prepared.
Monitored security systems are the best way to protect your home, your belongings, and your property while you are away. ADT Louisiana offers affordable security system packages that can be scaled to meet the needs of any size home, too.
Before arming your security system and hitting the road, there are a few additional—but simple—steps you can take to fully minimize the risk of your home being a target for burglars. Before you leave:
- Stop your mail and newspaper delivery for the duration of your vacation.
- Don’t spread news of your vacation on social media, but do tell trusted neighbors, family members, and even the police that you will be gone.
- Provide a spare key to a trusted neighbor. If you’re going to be gone for more than a few days, ask if he or she will check in your house from time to time.
- Similarly, if you’re going to be gone for more than a few days consider asking a lawn company to take care of your yard so it appears well maintained.
- Turn off the ringer on your telephone. Often burglars will ring your number then wait outside and listen to hear if anyone picks up. If you have an answering machine, turn its volume off, too. Do not advertise your vacation on your answering machine message.
- Contrary to popular belief, you should not close every blind and curtain in your house (unless you typically do so). The change will alert burglars to your absence. Keep some open, even slightly.
- Close and lock all doors (including garage doors) and any sheds, storage areas, and gates on your property.
- If possible, have a vehicle occasionally parked in your driveway. A neighbor may be willing to park there from time to time. Or if you routinely keep cars outside, consider having a neighbor move any car left in the driveway from time to time to make it look like someone is home and using the car.
- Use light timers so that you can have indoor lights turn on and off in a pattern that reflects your typical after-dark light usage when home.
- Let your trusted neighbors know your schedule so that they can call the police if they see something that otherwise might not look suspicious – like a work truck in your driveway.
ADT Pulse, ADT‘s state-of-the-art home security and lifestyle management portal, offers Louisiana homeowners mobile access to their home’s security camera feed, security system controls, and more—anytime, anywhere for complete peace of mind.
With ADT Pulse, forgetting to lock a door or turn off a light is a thing of the past. You can be halfway across the country and log into your ADT Pulse mobile portal to see what’s going on inside your house back at home.
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