5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While You’re on Vacation

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For many, summer is the season of travel, full of weekend trips to the lake or beach, weeklong vacations to destinations across the country, road-trips, and more. While you’re out of town relaxing, though, your house sits empty: a potential target for break-ins and robberies.

It’s a frightening prospect, but the best way to keep your home secure (and preserve your peace of mind) is to be prepared. To help everyone start the summer off right, experts from home security company Blink (by Amazon) shared five things anyone can do (for free!) to ward off unwelcome houseguests.

1. Don’t just lock sliding doors.
Lock them, of course, but also reinforce the base of the doors (and any sliding windows) with a broom, yardstick, or other block.

2. Ask a neighbor to pick up mail and packages.
An overflowing mailbox or package-littered front porch is a clear sign no one’s at home. Ask someone you trust to pick up and hold your mail and packages until you return.

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