Keeping Your House Secure While You’re On Vacation

August 13, 2018
Family happily traveling together carrying luggage at the airport.

Vacations are about relaxing and enjoying time away. The last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your house is secure. Before you leave and set yourself to “vacation mode,” prepare your house with this helpful checklist. It will give you peace of mind, and help protect your home from any potential break-ins and property disasters.

1. Schedule Hold Mail Service.

Overflowing mail and packages left on your porch can give away your absence to an intruder. Upon request, your mail, newspapers and other deliveries can be held safely at your local post office while you’re on vacation.The United States Postal Service can be notified up to 30 days in advance.

2.Have a neighbor or family member watch your house.

Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail or occasionally park their car in your driveway. Daily traffic in and around your home can help serve as a theft deterrent. If you’re traveling during hurricane season, have someone check on your home…or in case a pipe leaks or breaks.

3. Set timers for lights inside (and outside) of your house.

Leaving the lights on all the time can also be another giveaway to intruders. Periodical timers for lamps and/or radios can help create the appearance that you’re home.

4.Prevent a direct view into your house.

Close your blinds or curtains enough to keep peering eyes from looking inside.

5.Remove any spare keys.

Never leave a spare key hidden near your door. Intruders usually know where to look.

6. Provide the security company an emergency phone number.

If you have a security system, inform the company that you will be out on vacation and give them an emergency contact number. It can be the number of where you’re staying, or a neighbor’s or family member’s number.

While on vacation, bring your health insurance and/or prescription card and any prescription drugs you are currently taking. If you’re going on a road trip, be sure your vehicle is in excellent operating condition and remember to carry your current driver’s license. Keep a portable mobile device charger with you while you’re traveling. This can be handy if you are unable to charge your mobile devices during intermediate travel conditions.

Comprehensive Coverage for Your Home

You never know when the unexpected could happen. The right home insurance can protect your home, your family, and your vehicles. Learn more about The Bank of San Antonio’s Insurance Group coverage options and how you can prepare for the unexpected. Discuss your current policy and needs by reaching out to Rick Paludi. Call 210-424-8731 or email [email protected].