If you are planning on going on vacation soon, then one thing that you could be worried about is a break-in in your condo while you’re gone. It is natural to be concerned that your home might be broken into while you’re on vacation, but you should not let this get in the way of you having a great time. Instead, keep these security tips in mind when you go on your next vacation so that you can ensure that your condo is safe and so that you can enjoy peace of mind.
- Replace Your Locks
Depending on your condo, there is a chance that the door locks that were in place when you moved in might not be completely secure. The builder or landlord might have used low-quality locks to keep costs low, or the locks might have never been changed since the last owner or tenant lived there, meaning that someone else might have a key.
Because of the above, it’s a good idea to talk to a professional about installing new locks on your condo doors. Then, you can go ahead and invest in higher-quality locks that will be more difficult for someone to break into. Plus, you will not have to worry about a stranger having a copy of the key and being able to gain access while you’re gone.
Just make sure that you get permission before doing so. If you rent, it’s a good idea to talk to your landlord first, and you might be required to give him or her a copy of the new key if you are given permission. Even if you own, you may still need to check with your building administrator before changing the locks on your condo so that you can ensure that you aren’t breaking any HOA or condo rules.
- Invest in a Good Safe
If you are going to be leaving particularly valuable items in your condo when you go on vacation, you will probably want to make sure that you have a good safe to keep them in. Make sure that the safe is large and heavy enough that it cannot be easily moved and that it’s durable enough that it will not be easy to break into.
- Enlist Help from Others in Your Building
Your neighbors can help you with condo security more than anyone can. If you have a close friend who lives in your condo building, consider talking to him or her about your security concerns. Then, you can have your neighbor help by keeping an eye on your condo while you’re gone.
They can also help by bringing in the mail, turning different lights in your condo off and on throughout the duration of your trip and otherwise helping to ensure that your condo doesn’t look like it has been left empty. This can help you deter break-ins, and you’ll have someone who can call you and let you know about what is going on if there is an issue. Then, when your neighbor goes on vacation, you can provide the same favor in exchange.
Additionally, you may want to let someone who is involved in maintaining the condominium property about your travel plans. Then, maintenance or others who are involved with the care of the building will know to keep an eye on your place and to let you know if something seems amiss. If you are a renter, you may need to let your landlord know about your plans as well; after all, this might be required as a part of your lease, and your landlord can also help with keeping an eye on the place while you are gone.
- Hire a Security Professional
If you haven’t yet thought about working with a security professional who has experience in helping condo dwellers with condo security, then it’s a good idea to do so. A security professional can help you with things like installing surveillance cameras that you can monitor from your smartphone or laptop; this can allow you to check in with your condo to make sure that everything is okay from anywhere with an internet connection.
You can also find out about installing a monitored security system if you don’t already have one. Then, you can ensure that help will be on the way as soon as possible in the event of a break-in, and you will be contacted as immediately so that you will know what is going on.
Of course, investing in surveillance cameras and a security system won’t just benefit you while you are on vacation. Along with helping you to keep your condo safe from break-ins while you’re gone, taking these security measures can also help you focus on condo safety while you are at work each day or just out and about.
- Be Careful About What You Say
Before you head on your vacation, it can be tempting to want to tell everyone you know about your travel plans. However, this generally isn’t a good idea. Even though it’s not a bad idea to tell a few people that you trust about what your plans are, you shouldn’t just broadcast this information to everyone that you run into.
It’s also not a good idea to share your travel plans on social media. Otherwise, people who might not have the best of intentions will know that your condo will be empty for a certain period of time, and they could be tempted to break in and steal something, vandalize the place, or cause other problems.
As you can see, there are security tips that you can follow if you want to keep your condo safe while you’re on vacation this year. These tips will give you peace of mind and help ensure that your property is secure while you’re away. For more information on securing your home, call Condor Security us today at 888.614.5317 or contact us here.