Holiday plans? Keep your home safe while you’re away

Nothing destroys a post-vacation glow like returning to find your home ransacked.


Read on for things to keep in mind if you’re planning on being away for more than a couple of days.

  • Tell a trusted neighbour about your travel plans. They can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. 
  • An unkempt lawn is a sure way to signal that no one is home so mow it before you leave. If you’re away for more than one week, consider asking a trusted neighbour to mow your lawn.
  • Install a motion detector light. It’s an easy deterrent and may be enough to spook someone away and alert your neighbours to unexpected movement on your property. 
  • Program your lights to turn on in the evening. If possible, program different times for different days to create an illusion of natural activity.
  • While it’s tempting to share your travels on social media, remember - you never know who’s watching. Your pictures will be just as good when you return so be patient and don’t draw unnecessary attention to your empty house. 
  • Keep valuables such as electronics, jewelry and documents in a safe or offsite. Reduce temptation for opportunistic criminals by making sure anything valuable can’t be seen if peeking through your windows. 
  • Lock the garage door and the door that leads to the garage.
  • If your neighbour has more than one car, ask him to park one of them in your driveway to simulate a presence.
  • Purchase a hold mail service from Canada Post to ensure that no packages are delivered while you’re away.
  •  If you plan to be away for a long time, it’s better to turn off the water supply.


Last but not least, ask a friend or a relative to check on your place once a week. Some home insurance policies include this as a condition of coverage, so if something like a water main break occurs, damage can be minimized and contained before it escalates into thousands of dollars of damage. Check with your broker for specifics about your policy.









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