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How to Protect Your Home While You’re on Vacation

Headed on vacation and nervous about home security issues popping up while you’re away? You have good reason to be cautious. In fact, the majority of home break-ins happen when no one is at home.

So how can you safeguard your home when you’re away from it?

The following tips are a great way to keep your home safe while you’re on vacation:

  1. Don’t announce vacation on social media
  2. Get a video doorbell
  3. Get professional home monitoring
  4. Invest in smart home features

We’ll explain each of these points below.

Want the peace of mind of having your home professionally monitored 24/7? Just contact RAC to learn more about our local, 5 Diamond certified home monitoring services.

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Tip #1: Don’t announce vacation on social media

This is a common mistake homeowners make. Announcing vacation plans or posting pictures while you’re away makes your home an easy target for burglars.

Instead, we suggest limiting vacation posts to only close friends and family (not the public). Or better yet, wait to post pictures until after you’re back from vacation.

When you post vacation plans/pictures publicly, you could also potentially invalidate your home insurance.

Basically, some insurers can claim that posting public vacation photos breaches a common clause in many insurance policies. This clause requires homeowners take “reasonable care” to keep their home and property safe. Depending on your home insurance company, posting photos that show burglars you’re not at home might not be considered taking reasonable care to protect your home.

Tip #2: Get a video doorbell

Video doorbells help you keep an eye on activity at your front door, whether you’re home or not.

These devices turn on whenever motion is detected in the vicinity. Plus, they record activity, immediately notify you of activity at your front door and they allow you to communicate back and forth with whoever is at your front door. Again, all of this happens whether you’re home or not.

So even if you’re miles away at the beach, you’re notified the instant someone walks up to your front door.

At RAC, we offer the Skybell video doorbell. This brand offers free video storage throughout the lifetime of the product. Unlike Nest and Ring, which charges customers for video storage, SkyBell offers completely free cloud storage. Per their website, SkyBell offers up 7 days of cloud storage at a time.

The Skybell video doorbell is a popular item for homeowners who want to to keep an eye on their home, no matter where they are.

Just contact us if you’re interested in learning more about the Skybell video doorbell or check out our blog, “What’s the Best Front Door Security Camera?”.

Tip #3: Get professional home monitoring

When it comes to complete peace of mind, nothing beats professional home monitoring.

When your home is professionally monitored, you get monitoring specialists on standby who immediately jump into action any time an alarm is triggered in your home. They’ll contact you and will dispatch authorities if there’s a true emergency.

If you live in the Virginia area and are interested in having your home professionally monitored, contact Richmond Alarm Companies. We offer Virginia homeowners local, triple-certified home monitoring services (We’re 5 Diamond certified, IQ-certified and UL listed). Plus, we have the fastest response times in the area. In fact, RAC dispatches authorities in less than 30 seconds when there’s an emergency.

Tip #4: Invest in home automation

Home automation allows homeowners to remotely access and control their home’s appliances and security system.

In other words, you can use home automation to deter burglars by making it look like you’re at home. For example, with home automation, you can set your lights, music, TV and more to go on and off whenever you want.

Plus, you can set up your smart home to give you real-time alerts whenever an alarm is triggered, a door/window is opened, and more.

Want real peace of mind while you’re on vacation?

Just ask the experts at Richmond Alarm Companies how we can help.

For over 70+ years, we’ve protected homeowners throughout the Virginia area. We offer a variety of home security services to help you protect your home, whether you’re there or not. Just contact us and we’ll send over a professional to inspect your home and provide recommendations for stronger home security.

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