Please don’t break in to my sister’s house…

Do you know what my sister is doing today?  Just look at her facebook page.

No really… you can look.

She is on a Royal Caribbean Alaska Cruise.

You know what that means, right?

Her house is empty.

If you also look at her Facebook page- you can see what city she lives in.  A simple Whitepages.com search of her husband’s name came up with their address (which I will not publish).

And for real…  I waited until she was back to actually publish this blog post… I’m not a complete moron!  LOL…  

A few days ago I wrote a blog about robberies and burglaries and home safety and I mentioned that this week I was going to do a blog about vacation safety.  Here it is.

Most of us do it-  we are super excited about going on vacation- so we want to tell our friends.  And how do we tell our friends?  We post about it on social media.

I am guilty of this a hundred times over.  I mean- if my children want to know where mom is- they just have to check my Facebook.

But my sister’s house is sitting empty for two whole weeks and she has broadcasted it to the world.  It’s like an open invitation for people to come rob her.

Yummy cruise food- picture stolen from my brother in laws Facebook!

Now- luckily for me- her insurance agent, cat / house sitter, and favorite sitter- we are not going to let that happen.  Because they – and I – are following some safety steps that we are going to share with you.

Oh- and depending on what time of the year- please make sure you adjust your thermostat so your pipes don’t freeze!  I know I’m writing this blog in the summer and this is mainly a problem in the winter- but it is super important.

Recently, smart locks are coming a major player in the door locking game.  A smart door lock lets you unlock your door remotely from your smartphone and grant temporary access with expiring codes.  If you have a neighbor checking in on the house or a pet sitter coming to take care of the dogs, you can keep track of exactly who is coming in and going out of the house and you can terminate access once you are home again.  No more trying to keep track of who has your spare keys and because you have full control over who does and does not have access at any given time- it’s super cool.

Here is an article if you want to get some information on smart locks.

If you are going on a vacation- have a great time.  Just make sure you are smart about it and post your pictures after you get back!  Or I know someone who makes a great house sitter!

Have fun!

P.S.  If you have a gas stove- make sure your house sitter knows how to use it.  And also- make sure you have a fire extinguisher (which you should have a few of regardless).  And make sure your house and pet sitters know where they are.  Just saying….  

 

 

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