Unsure if you should install a new security system or rely on a neighbor for a daily check in? Covering all your bases can help you feel confident as you relax on the beach or hike a new mountain trail during your travels. Use these home security tips and tricks to help ensure your home stays protected while you’re on the road.

1. Get a Security System

Security systems are at the top of our favorite home security strategies. If you don’t already have software installed to help protect your home from intruders, going on an extended vacation is a good reason to consider setting something up.

Wondering where to start? Take a look at some of our favorite security camera apps. You don’t have to be super tech-savvy to learn how to use these tools with your smart phone. Check through the pros and cons of each system, then schedule an installation to help you keep an eye on your place — even from the other side of the world. And it’s not something you’ll stop using; a system will give you peace of mind on late nights or your next trip.

2. Hire a House-Sitter

Having someone stay at your place is another way to help keep your belongings safe. Burglars are easily deterred when they think someone is at home. Bonus: House-sitters can take care of other chores while you’re away — like grabbing the mail, taking out the trash or caring for any pets (saving you extra costs at the boarding facility).

Even typical activities of turning lights on and off can help signal that your home is “off limits” to potential burglars. A dark, empty home can be an easy target. Send a strong message by showing that your house is cared for and occupied while you’re gone.

3. Call on a Trusted Neighbor

Depending on the length (and immediacy) of your trip, you may not be able to wrangle a sitter or buy a new security system. Or, you may just want to add another line of defense! A neighbor or nearby friend can pop in to make sure all is well every other day, or just once if you’re out for a long weekend.

If you do have a sitter, let a friend know so they won’t be confused or concerned with a new car in the driveway. They’ll also be able to be a good contact person for your house-sitter in case of any emergencies.

Getting all three of these steps in place helps offer great protection and peace of mind. Unfortunately, no one system or combination of strategies can be completely fool-proof.

Take time to review your home insurance policy to confirm that you have the right type of coverage in place. This can be an easy item to add to your vacation checklist! Just contact your local Farm Bureau agent to make sure your policy is up-to-date. Any major purchases from the last couple years (like that new 4K TV) might affect your existing coverage. Reaching out before you leave town can help you really relax and enjoy your time away, knowing that your home and belongings are safe and secure.