Summer is a great time for vacation. Kids are out of school, and the weather is great. Even those living in Broward homes might start to feel a bit of wanderlust as we move into late summer. Vacation is a time to relax and recharge, so be sure you pick some place you love or have always wanted to see. While you’re researching the perfect bed and breakfast or resort, devote some time to making sure you are keeping your house safe while you’re away.
Use Your Smartphone to Keep Your South Florida Home Safe
Today we’re quite fortunate to be able to use all sorts of smart technology to thwart thieves and burglars. If you have Alexa, you can set up a program to play sounds and turn lights on and off in a way that makes it seem someone is in the house. Turn on a barking dog or toilet flushing. Set up kitchen and living room lights to go on around dinner time, then have them turn off around bedtime. Put on a bedside lamp for a bit, then turn that off, too. Even if you don’t have Alexa, you can get smart light bulbs and program them to turn on and off on a variable schedule.
Another way to keep Broward homes safe is to install a security camera system. There are lots of options on the market, so figure out which features are important to you before investing. Get reviews from friends and family and look around online, too.
Don’t forget to ask the post office to hold your mail while you’re away. You should also reschedule deliveries from FedEx or UPS. There’s nothing like a package on the front step to tempt the bad guys.
High tech solutions are a big help, but there’s no substitute to having a friend or family member drop in every day or so to make sure things are fine. Not only does this deter thieves, this person can deal with any issues that might crop up, like a water leak.
Oh, and remember to keep the news of your vacation off of social media until you’re home again.
Feel free to contact our office to get further ideas on how to protect your South Florida home!