Vacation Home Security

15PaulDavid121When you head home from your vacation property and say goodbye until next year, how do you keep it secure? With today’s updated technology, monitoring your second home from afar is more convenient than it’s ever been.

The most effective means to secure your second home is with the installation of a monitored security system. The presence of security cameras can often prevent burglary before it happens. Many prospective burglars will skip right over your property when they notice cameras installed on the exterior. But if someone does try to break in, modern security systems use motion detectors that activate security cameras, record the activity and notify you almost instantly on your smartphone, tablet or desktop.

Security systems are also a good idea for second-home owners who rent their property to travelers on popular online rental companies such as Airbnb to check out. It makes it easy to know how renters leave the property.

Strangely enough, the majority of household “break-ins” are not forced entries; rather, criminals get in without any effort via unlocked doors and windows. Always remember to lock up before you go.

Also, if your second home appears empty, it is more likely to be hit. Make sure it looks occupied by setting up a timer on one or more of your lights. Modern timers are not unwieldy dials like in the past, but are computerized and easy to program. They’re also rather inexpensive. Time the lights to come on at different times to lend your winter or summer home a lived-in look.

Some police departments offer vacation watch services that can help lower the risk of any issues. Police vehicles will drive past to ensure everything is okay. Always remember to suspend your newspaper subscription, mail service, dry-cleaning deliveries, etc., and let your neighbors know that you will be out of town for an extended period.