Tips to Secure Your Home During a Vacation

This is a continuation of our previous blog post – Tips From a Professional Locksmith to Improve the Security of Your Home

Security threats are a common occurrence and safety and security related mistakes can cost you and your family peace of mind during a vacation.  Often, individuals are unable to recognize simple lapses that can be a security hazard when they are not at home.

A state-of-the-art security system can however keep you valuable and your home safe.  Apart from safeguarding your property and valuables, you also need to protect yourself from identity thefts. Professional locksmiths solve security issues, such as upgrading your locks, installing new keys to your mailbox, and retrieving jammed keys, to offering expert advice on best home security practices. 

Teddy Poulos, owner of Charlotte based Locksmith Company A-Access Lock & Key shares his top practical tips on keeping your beautiful North Carolina home safe and secure during a vacation.

  • Front and back doors are the most accessible entry point to a house. Easily accessible doors make your home vulnerable to theft and robbery during a vacation. Opting for sturdy door hardware with a deadbolt strike plate will make it difficult for robbers or thieves to break-in.
  • Get secure keys that do not break inside the lock. After moving into your new house, change all the preexisting locks and codes on the property.  It is advisable to change the cylinder lock to modern anti-snap door lock.  
  • Your mailbox may contain sensitive information like bank account numbers and credit card details. So, it is vital to protect your mailbox from prying eyes. When out on vacation, request your trusted neighbor or friend to collect your mail on your behalf or better still install a letterbox guard. 
  • A robust security system will help you stay relaxed during a vacation. Install automatic timers that switch on your home lights, radio or TV at scheduled times. Trespassers will feel that the house is occupied, even if you are out on vacation. They may be dissuaded from targeting your home because of the light and noise.
  • Computers, laptops, TVs and gaming consoles are most likely to be taken away during a vacation break-in. Keeping valuables in safes during a vacation is a good safety habit. Locksmith professionals like Teddy also suggest having physical or electronic locks for such items. Larger items like a television or desktop computers can be moved or camouflaged such that they are not easily visible.
  • Garage doors can be the weakest accessible entry point to a house. Ensure that your garage doors have the same security locks as the rest of your property doors. Upgrading your garage security system and installing a security camera for the front yard or patio is essential for the safety of your entire house especially if you are gone for a long duration. Access your home from a mobile for complete peace of mind. 
  • Teddy also suggests using inexpensive smart methods to trick trespassers. Easy ways can be placing a ‘beware of the dog’ sign outside the gate. One can also warn passers-by with a ‘house under maximum security’ sign. Even if you do not have a guard dog, the signboards will scare thieves and robbers away. Inexpensive anti-theft aids can substantially improve your home’s security.
  • House helps like gardeners, pool cleaners, and others need access to the property. They may have to come in, even when you are not home. If one of your house help is no longer employed with you, you need to revoke their access. Combination locks come handy in such situations. The security code can be changed while keeping the home security system intact. 

A-Access Lock & Key is owned by Teddy Poulos, a certified locksmith serving his hometown Charlotte, NC for over 20 years now. He will even give you a free estimate! If you are looking for a residential locksmith in Charlotte, call Teddy at 704-545-5410 today!