If you own a second home, chances are you will be spending some time there this summer. As a second homeowner, I find that having good neighbors near my seaside cottage in Nova Scotia eases my mind about in what shape I can expect to find our place when we open the door, especially since our cottage is located 800 miles from our primary residence. Needless to say, it is not a weekend retreat.

Not all vacation homeowners are lucky enough to be able to rely on the care taking assistance offered by neighbors. When they lock the door to return home after their vacation break, most second homeowners have reason to be concerned about leaving their prized retreat vacant and unprotected. These fears have prompted a number of companies to develop remote-sensing devices that can provide greater peace of mind for second homeowners.

The New York Times has an excellent article that details some of the new devices and technologies to assure the safety of your second home when you are not in residence.