Prevent Break-ins While You’re on Holiday


We all need to break free from the mundane every once in a while. A vacation can do wonders for your mental and emotional health. Unfortunately, burglars get as excited as you when you leave for a vacation. Home intruders love unoccupied homes so it’s no wonder most break-ins occur when no one’s home.

Returning from a rejuvenating vacation to find their home was broken into and ransacked is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to beef up your home security before leaving for a vacation.

Here are some simple ways to burglar-proof your home before leaving for a vacation from Sonoma commercial security system experts, Sync Systems.

Install a Home Security System

Home security systems are potent burglary deterrents. Most burglars won’t target a home with a home security system as the risk of attempting to rob your home is too high. When designing your home security system, consider your specific needs.

While many households opt for basic packages that include door and window alarms, others go for more comprehensive packages that include surveillance cameras, round-the-clock monitoring, and wireless access.

Use Automated Lighting and Blinds

Burglars are always on the lookout for signs that a home is unoccupied to make sure that the coast is clear. When you go on a vacation, no one operates your blinds or switches the lights on and off. This is a dead giveaway that no one’s home.

Automated interior and exterior lights and automated blinds can help make it look like someone’s home. You can program automated blinds to automatically open and close at certain times of the day. Similarly, automated lights can be set to automatically go on and off according to a schedule set by the user.

Maintain Landscaping Before Leaving

A well-maintained lawn can fool passersby into thinking that the house is occupied. Mow and trim your lawn before leaving for a vacation. To prevent letters and magazines from piling up outside your mailbox, request the postal service to hold your mail or ask a neighbor to collect it for you.

Be Discreet

Do not advertise your trip. Discuss your itinerary only with friends and family. Do not give in to the temptation of sharing everything on social media. You never know who’s keeping an eye on you on social media. Do not share your hotel/resort check-ins.

Whether you want to beef up your home security or plan to make it more livable, Sync Systems can help. We have years of experience installing home theaters, lighting controls, and home security systems. Many of our professionals also specialize in commercial security systems in Sonoma. To learn more, call (707) 799-9558.