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Keep your home safe when travelling this Labour Day

- August 27th, 2013
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With this being the last long weekend of yet another summer, many Canadians are planning to pack up and hit the road for a last-minute summer getaway.

In a recent Expedia.ca survey, 64% of Canadians said long weekends are a good opportunity to take a mini holiday, while 66% of respondents said they plan to go vacation during at least one long summer weekend.

While you’re busy getting yourself ready to head out on your family road trip or friends’ beach weekend, don’t forget to make sure your home is vacation ready, too.

“A lot of people just think that their home won’t be targeted by a burglar and they don’t take enough safety precautions to protect their homes,” says Gallen Tsui of Ontario-based home security company Skylink . “However, burglars are always looking for easy targets. The fact is that with just a few simple items and some knowledge, you can make your home safer and less likely of being a victim of a burglary.”

So how can you make sure your home is safe and secure while you’re off enjoying the lake? Take a look at this handy check-list from Skylink for some ideas that may work in your own home.

- Plant thorny bushes and plants in front of main floor windows.
- Ensure your house numbers are visible and illuminated at night.
- Avoid discussing any vacation plans on social media networks.
- Turn on your vacation lock function on your garage door opener, if available.
- Put stickers from your alarm company in windows and doors to show potential burglars that your home has an active alarm system.
- Buy light timers to turn your lights on/off automatically.
- Use an app on your smartphone, tablet or computer that monitors cameras in your home.
- Install motion detector lighting around your house to deter possible burglars.

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1 comment

  1. Mondo Bizarro | September 1, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I regularly travel for 3-4 weeks in a row, 3 times a year… Something to consider is the state of your grass. If you regularly cut your lawn and suddenly it’s all ragged, that’s a sign something is going on. I make a deal with my neighbour to cut my grass while on I’m vacation, and I do his while he’s away.

    Also – arrange to have your “trash” barrels taken out. Nothing says you’re not home like no trash out on trash day.

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