Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Secure Your Home While You're Away

With the kids going back to school, you may be thinking about trying to squeeze in a last minute family vacation, and what a fantastic idea that is! Besides planning out the trip itself, and lining up who's going to come over to feed your cat while you're away, there are some other things you need to think about. Like the security of your home while you're away. While Isla Del Sol is a very safe and secure community, it's always best to practice home security safety no matter where you live. Here are some simple ideas to prevent your home from becoming a target of motivated window shoppers.

Avoid Social Media

Although sharing your vacation plans with family and friends via social media is convenient and exciting, they may not be the only ones paying attention. Others in your network may be looking for information that can provide them with a timeline of when people are away, leaving their homes vacant. Skip the details online until you get home. Plus, you want to be able to enjoy your vacation, so it may be better to spend it looking away from your phone.

Use A Friendly Neighbor

Hopefully, you have made a friend or two who live in the same building that you trust enough to tell about your plans to leave for a bit. Although at the Lake it is common for people to use their condos as vacation homes, there are also many people who live at the Lake year round. If someone who lives in your complex year round, ask if they would kindly watch your place for suspicious activity while you're gone. If you don't feel comfortable asking anyone in your complex, get a friend or neighbor to stop by every now and then while you're away.

Use Automated Lights

Keeping the lights on are a great way to make it look like someone is home even when they're not. However, you don't want to keep the lights on 24/7 while you're away for a few reasons. First, your electric bill will go through the roof. And second, having your house lit up through the night might be a bit suspicious. Instead, it might be a good idea to buy an auto-timed light switch. Plug in a couple of lamps in different rooms into an automatic light switch timer. You can set them to turn them on once it gets dark and off when you would normally go to bed. Just make sure that you find timers with a random setting so the lights don't turn on (or off) at the same time every day that you're gone.

Keep Valuables Out Of Sight

You may be wanting to keep your curtains completely shut to prevent people from peering into your home. However, if having your curtains completely shut for two or more weeks is uncharacteristic of you, then it could be a hint that you are not around. It is better to leave the curtains how you normally leave them and move expensive items, like jewelry or computers out of sight if they're visible from the window. Also, don't advertise any recent electronic purchases. Break down boxes and dispose of them in a way that won't easily be seen by passersby or catch the eye of a theft. 

Install An Alarm

If condo security is important to you and you don't want to have to rely on a friendly neighbor or friend, then it may be in your best interest to install a security system. Although it may cost you to install and set up, it will be worth it knowing that your place is as secure as can be when no one is there. Check-ups from friends and family are still a great way to go, but installing a security system will add that extra level of security that you are looking for while away from your condo. Just remember to instruct your neighbor on how to set and cancel the alarm so the police don't try to haul them away!

At Isla Del Sol, our residents' safety is at the top of mind. Because our luxury Lake of the Ozarks condos are located on the island once known as Hawaiian Island, it can only be accessed by the newly constructed roadway and kept safe by a security gate. If you are wanting to learn more about our luxury condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, call 573-552-7653.

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