Kids are going back to school and summer is winding down, but many people are planning to have one last summer vacation during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Even with the economy faltering and gas prices and travel costs high, six out of every 10 American’s decided to get away this summer*.
“Vacations can serve as a wonderful respite from everyday life and allow family members to reconnect,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Taking the proper security precautions before and during a trip allows families to relax and enjoy their time away.”
So, before you head out for a little rest and relaxation, check out these tips from Master Lock to help ensure your vacation is spent making memories and not worrying whether or not you’ve done all you can to keep your home and personal items safe while you travel.
Master Lock’s Keys to Smart and Savvy Travel
Tips to Keep Home and Family Safe During Vacation
- Lock it up: Make sure your home is ready for your absence by checking all doors and windows as well as any means of access. Pay special attention to the areas you don’t frequent often where an open door/window can be overlooked. Bolster your home’s security and if you have an alarm system, be sure it is activated before leaving and notify the alarm company if your contact number has changed.
- Keep your home active: If you’ve hired people to care for your home or pets while you’re gone, their presence can help deter thieves. Store your house key in a key safe such as the Master Lock 5400D Key Safe to allow them to easily enter and exit your home, locking it up as they leave. Make sure these approved visitors know the code to your home alarm system, if applicable, so they can deactivate it and reset it after finishing their tasks. If you do not have anyone visiting your property while you’re away, consider placing lights on a timer and stopping your mail delivery by visiting www.usps.com.
- Lock up your luggage: Airports are full of people and distractions and it’s the perfect time for theft to occur. Many times it’s single items from your carry-on bag that go missing. Keep them save with a TSA-accepted lock like the Master Lock 4688D luggage lockwhich can also be used on your checked bags to deter employee theft or theft from the baggage claim – especially if your baggage arrives without you.
- Secure important items in your room: No matter where you stay, it’s important to lock up your valuables. This includes cash, passports, jewelry, etc. Consider a Master Lock 5900D Safe Space to keep your belongings secure while you’re on the go.
- Create an emergency plan: This is probably the most important tip…in the event that your group becomes separated from each other, members should have a number to call to be able to reconnect. In the event of a weather emergency (flood, wildfire, earthquake, etc.,) the contact should be out of state.
You can get more security solutions at the Master Lock website or the Master Lock Facebook page and check out the Master Lock Vault, a free utility to secure your online data. While you’re there, download a smart phone app for easy access on the go — an ideal place to keep important bank account and other information for emergencies while on vacation.
*According to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll: http://travel.usatoday.com/news/story/2011/05/Americans-ready-for-vacation-despite-high-gas-prices/47199314/1
Master Lock is the world’s largest manufacturer of padlocks and related security products providing innovative security solutions for home, automotive, campus, power sports, bike and storage security needs for consumers and contractors alike. Master Lock Company L.L.C. is an operating unit of Fortune Brands, Inc., a leading consumer brands company. Headquartered in Deerfield, Ill., Fortune Brands (NYSE: FO) is included in the S&P 500 Index. (www.masterlock.com)
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