With the beginning of the school year creeping closer, the opportunity for extended vacations and long weekends away is beginning to fade away. Getting away can help put your mind at ease and allow you time to relax. When you spend a period of time away from the home, it’s important to make sure your property is kept safe and secure for your return. Below are more tips to follow before you leave for your vacation

Lock All Doors & Windows Before You Leave

Before you leave for your vacation, make sure every entryway is locked. This includes the doors and windows in your house, your shed and the bulkhead door to your basement. If you have higher-up windows in your home, it is just as important to keep them locked while you are away. Trees with low-hanging branches that are close to windows can be attractive to burglars looking for a way to sneak into your home, undetected. Before leaving, have a landscaper prune branches away from your roof and windows.

Hide Your Spare Key

If you are keeping a spare key around the home for someone to care for your plants or clean while you’re away, make sure it is in a secure location. Rather than hiding it in your mailbox or under a fake rock or statue, invest in an outdoor lockbox. A lockbox can be attached to a tree or to your siding to prevent accidents when mowing your lawn or shoveling your driveway. Having your lockbox installed also ensures that it is kept in place, regardless of the weather. Newer lockboxes can be programmed right from your cell phone, allowing you to monitor when an attempt to unlock it occurs and even change the code instantaneously. This allows you to make sure only people you trust have the code, for however long they should have access to your home.

Residential Locksmith, Safe & Lock Repair & Key Replacement in Bedford, Lexington & Concord MA

If you are looking to make your home more secure prior to leaving for a trip, contact Bedford Lock & Key today! We will go through various safe options with you in order to determine the best for your home and needs. If your locks require repair or replacement, we will be able to go to your home and switch out your locks, as well as cut new, replacement keys. Bedford Lock & Key can be reached by calling 781-275-1597 or by filling out our online contact form.