Do you own a second home? How do you make sure your home is safe when you are not occupying it?

Here are some tips to keep your home safe while you are away for extended periods of time:

TIP 1: Keep the police informed.

Let the local police know that your house is vacant. They can patrol around your home to check on things for you.

TIP 2: Secure your home.

Have an alarm system that will notify you and the police if an unauthorized person enters your home, day or night.

TIP 3: Smart home, safe home.

Use home automation to have lights in your home turn on and off, on a preset schedule, that mimics normal activity of a occupied house.

TIP 4: Know thy neighbor.

Get to know your neighbors. Let them know when you’re there and when you’re not. Keeping a line of communication open is great for feeling at ease when you are far away from your home.

A vacant house is an easy target, be smart, and use these simple tips to keep your house off the burglar’s radar.