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How to Keep a Vacant House Safe from Vandalism

When it comes to vacant properties, security is crucial. Whether you’re a motivated seller or a real estate investor, safeguarding your vacant house from vandalism is essential. Here are practical steps to protect your investment:

1. Maintain Appearances

Nothing attracts vandals more than an obviously vacant house. To create the illusion of occupancy:

  • Secure All Entrances: Lock all windows, doors, fences, gates, and garage entrances.

  • Seal Pet Doors: Prevent pests and intruders from using pet doors.

  • Program Your Thermostat: Set a constant temperature (55 degrees or above) to prevent frozen pipes.

2. Enhance Security

Visible security measures can deter criminals:

  • Install Deadbolts: Reinforce exterior doors.

  • Consider a Security System: Even if it’s not active, security signs can be effective.

  • Motion-Sensor Lights: Illuminate dark areas.

  • Timed Lights: Use timers to simulate occupancy.

  • Trim Bushes: Eliminate hiding spots.

  • Close Curtains and Blinds: Prevent outsiders from peeking in.

  • Be Discreet Online: Avoid announcing that the house is vacant.

3. Maintain the Exterior

Don’t neglect outdoor areas:

  • Lawncare and Landscape Maintenance: Hire someone to mow grass, rake leaves, and trim branches.

  • Gutter Cleaning: Prevent water damage.

  • Local Support: Ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on the property.

4. Check Your Insurance

If your home remains empty for a month or more, your homeowners’ insurance may not cover losses. Discuss options with your insurance agent.


Remember, proactive measures can save you time, money, and stress. By securing your vacant house, you’ll protect your investment and maintain peace of mind.

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