If you have a vacation home, then the answer is yes. There’s a good reason for this, of course — most home robberies are crimes of opportunity, and thieves are more likely to look at an empty home as an easy target. Unless you have someone else taking care of the property while you aren’t around, there’s a good chance that it has been marked as such.
This does not, however, mean that you can’t secure your property for your peace of mind.
Make it look occupied
The easiest way to keep your property safe is to make sure that you have trusted people around for its upkeep. Make sure that newspapers and other mail are gathered regularly and that the grass stays neatly mowed. When these steps are taken, it lets thieves know that someone is looking after the property. Even if you’re the only person who will ever step through the front door, the illusion of occupancy can help.
It is ultimately this illusion that will be the most helpful in protecting your vacation home. Make sure that there are not only visible signs of occupancy, but also visible signs of security. If you have a security system, make sure that there are signs and stickers in conspicuous places. Even items like strong security doors can be used to give your property a sense of greater protection.
You should also take steps to increase your home security. Enhance your home’s security system with video, including the ability to stream video directly from your vacation home to your primary residence in real-time. If you have highly-visible cameras alongside those that are hidden, potential thieves will know they are being watched. If you can look in on your property at any time, you’ll also gain the benefit of knowing exactly how things are going at any time of day or night.
Do some maintenance
It’s also a good idea to make sure your traditional security measures are up to date. Make sure you have a monitored alarm system, solid locks on your doors, and that you have motion-activated lights. Each of these systems will help to deter thieves and, in the case of the security system, may even catch would-be burglars in the act.
It’s natural to feel concerned about your vacation home and the possessions inside; after all, it was probably a significant investment. If you are willing to monitor the property, invest in its upkeep and to keep its security measures strong, though, you’ll be able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your vacation home is safe even when you are not around.