How to Protect Your Home While You’re Away

Summer is the season of sun, fun and, unfortunately, higher rates of burglaries. According to a special report released by the U.S. Department of Justice, “victimization data indicates that there are seasonal patterns in household burglary and larceny, with higher rates in the summer and lower rates during other seasons of the year.” This higher rate is directly correlated with more vacationers over the summer months. But why should you have to worry about your home while you are at the beach? Here are some helpful tips on how to safeguard your home while you are away.

Keep Your Plans on the Down-Low

To avoid attracting burglars to your house while you are on vacation, avoid publicizing your vacation plans on social media outlets.

The Tools of Deception

It is smart to make your house look occupied while you are away. If your house looks occupied despite you being gone, most burglars will just pass it by. One way to do that is by keeping some lights on in your house. Automatic light timers like the Incipio CommandKit™ Wireless Smart Lightbulb Adapter with Dimming effortlessly simulate normal patterns of light use during the day. You can control it from your phone while on the beach to make sure everything is okay at home.

Keep the outside of your house illuminated also. One way to do so is by installing motion-detection lights outside your house by the driveway, main doors and garages. If lights come on as people approach the house, it will scare away burglars and prevent attempts in the future.

Lock Your House

Always lock your doors and windows before you leave for a trip. That includes garage doors. It is natural to forget to close the garage door and lights before you leave, and that is why gadgets like the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener are key to maintaining house security. With tools like the Chamberlain door opener, you can make sure your garage door is closed by checking via the app on your smartphone. And if you have forgotten, the program will send you an alert on your phone so you can fix the problem before any accidents occur. In addition, the technology will send you alerts if the door is opened while you are away, so if there is suspicious activity, you can be quick to call the cops before it is too late.

Keep an Eye on Your House

A surveillance tool that is key to house security is a security system. If your house is armed and an attempted break in occurs, the alarm will go off, automatically alerting the police and scaring the burglar away. An additional tool would be a wi-fi camera–like the Belkin NetCam HD Wi-Fi Camera–that you can install inside your house. Cameras like the Belkin NetCam send live-streaming video to your smartphone or tablet 24/7 so you can look over your kids and pets while at work and can make sure your house is empty if you are away on vacation, day or night.

These tech tips and tricks will help safeguard your house. Nobody should be able to “steal” your summer fun away!


Heidi Raker, mother of three tech-obsessed teens, has written about lifestyle products and parenting for over 30 years. She has a no-cellphone-at-meals policy, which remains one of her biggest family challenges.