Easy Ways to Keep Your Beach Home Safe and Secure

Easy Ways to Keep Your Beach Home Safe and Secure

A vacation home can provide a wonderful escape from your everyday routine, but how can you keep it secure when you’re not there? Unfortunately, vacation homes are often subject to burglary, vandalism and trespassing due to being vacant for lengthy periods of time. Below are some simple tips you can employ to help ensure that your property and valuables are kept safe from unwanted visitors while you’re away.

Hire a property management company 

One of the easiest ways to make sure your Ocean Isle Beach home is in good hands is to hire a reputable property management company. Williamson Realty is one of the oldest and well regarded property management companies on Ocean Isle Beach. We offer an array of services and are always looking to help new vacation homeowners. For more information click here!

Make your vacation home look lived in

If a house looks vacant, it’s an open invitation to a burglar, so make sure your vacation home looks lived in even when you aren’t there. Don’t let mail or newspapers pile up, keep the yard maintained, and make sure any bushes or shrubs are trimmed on a regular basis. You may also consider installing automatic timers on lights so your house doesn’t sit dark at night.

Use technology 

You can install motion-sensor lights to illuminate various walkways, windows and entryways. This will act as a highly effective deterrent, because most thieves will decide to go elsewhere if your house lights up upon their approach. You can also install timers for indoor lights to give the impression that there is activity in the house, even if you’re far away. Automated home security systems enable you to control all kinds of home devices including door locks, lights, cameras, etc., by way of your smartphone or computer. In addition, something as simple as cameras mounted on the outside of your home can discourage most would-be intruders, even if you use fake or imitation security cameras.

Know your neighbors

Aside from the obvious social value, building good relationships with your neighbors can pay great dividends in terms of keeping your vacation home safe. Neighbors can keep an eye out on your property and report any suspicious activity to the police. Close-knit neighborhoods tend to experience lower break-in rates, because more often than not, strangers will stick out like a sore thumb. Identify a trustworthy neighbor with whom you can leave your contact information, so that they can notify you if anything happens. In addition, ask them to remove regularly delivered items such as newspapers or phone books that may accumulate around your door, so that the property doesn’t appear to be unoccupied or unattended.

Check your window and door locks 

As obvious as it may seem, many vacation homes get broken into due to nothing more than leaving a window or door unlocked. In fact, upwards of 40 percent of all home burglaries in the United States are unforced entries. Doors that are equipped with keyless entry locks provide an excellent deterrent to would-be intruders. If you have sliding glass doors, make sure to lock them with a security bar. Walk around your house and thoroughly inspect every window and door, double-checking to ensure that all screens are in place and any ladders are safely put away. If you have any pet doors that can be accessed from the outside, make sure to lock them as well. Be sure to lock any basement doors, as well as the doors on any external structures such as sheds or garden houses.

Take photos and keep good records

Create an inventory sheet of the important possessions in your vacation home, so that you can easily identify if something is absent. Record the serial numbers of any valuable electronics items on a spreadsheet or some other type of organized list.

Hire a landscaping company 

Invest in some type of landscaping service to keep your lawn and garden areas in shape while you’re away. Untidy hedges, overgrown grass, or a weed-infested garden can all be dead giveaways that there is no one home to take care of the property.

Are you ready to book your next Ocean Isle Beach vacation? If you are, we have a professional and dedicated staff standing by to make sure you have the best possible vacation experience on Ocean Isle Beach. Give us a call today at 800-727-9222 or click the button below to begin planning your late summer beach vacation today. 

Easy Ways to Keep Your Beach Home Safe and Secure

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