Leaving your Fallbrook home unoccupied for any length of time can leave it vulnerable to break-ins. As a your local Fallbrook locksmith company, we’d like to offer some advice on how to keep your home safe from unwelcome intruders while you are away.
1. Put Your Hide-a-Key Inside
Many people have keys stashed outside their home in the event that they lock themselves out. It may be under your doormat, or somewhere more hidden, but it would be smart to not leave a key in an accessible location if you are going to be gone for a length of time. If you aren’t comfortable locking your spare key in your home while you’re away, give it to a trusted friend or neighbor.
2. Tell Someone (But Not Everyone) That You’ll Be Out of Town
Tell any neighbors you trust the dates you’ll be out of town so they can keep an eye on your home for you. Make sure you let them know about anyone you expect to be coming and going from your property while you’re gone, like a pet sitter, housekeeper, or pool cleaner.
Don’t, however, broadcast on social media that you’ll be on vacation. Wait until you get home to post your vacation pictures on Facebook and Instagram, even if you’re certain only your “friends” can see them.
3. Call a Fallbrook Locksmith to Upgrade Your Home’s Locks
A determined criminal will stop at nothing to get into your house, but those looking for an easy target can be deterred by a more sophisticated locking system. At the very least, every exterior door in your home should have a deadbolt installed. For added security, you can also have smart locks installed that allow you to monitor your locks remotely. There are also smart locks available that allow you to set a temporary code, so those people you want to have access to your home while you are away are still able to get inside.
4. Have Someone Stop By Occasionally
A telltale sign that nobody is home is a front porch that is littered with multiple papers and flyers left behind by door-to-door salespeople. Have a neighbor come by every couple of days to remove them, as well as to pick up your newspaper, if you have one delivered on a daily basis. If you’re going to be gone for more than a couple of weeks, you might also want to have someone mow your lawn occasionally to keep it from looking neglected.
5. Add a Security Camera and/or Security Lighting
Just the presence of a security camera (even a fake one) can be a deterrent to criminals, as can outdoor lighting with a motion sensor, or lighting that turns on and off with the help of a timer. If a criminal thinks someone is watching or that someone might be home, they’ll likely move on.
Home Security Starts with Your Local Fallbrook Locksmith
Of course, home security is important year-round, but sometimes it takes something like an extended vacation to remind you that there are things that need to be taken care of with regard to home security. If you have unsecured doors in your home, or if your home could benefit from upgraded locks, contact us at Fallbrook Local Locksmith. One of our friendly, local locksmiths will be happy to help you make your home more secure and give you the peace of mind that will allow you to relax and enjoy your vacation!