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Protecting your Home

How to Protect your Home While You are on VacationAugust 10, 2016

When you are traveling, the last thing you want to worry about is having your home broken into. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to protect your home during the time you are gone.

#1. Keep Your Plans Secret

You may be tempted to announce your cruise on Facebook; however, doing so is not recommended. Burglars often troll social media sites to find out when people will not be home. It’s not that hard for strangers to figure out where you live and then plan an attack accordingly. You should also limit information about your travels offline to only those people who have a “need to know.”

#2. Make it Look Like Someone is Home

Thieves sometimes drive different neighborhoods looking for homeowners who are away. As such, it is important to make it look like someone is at home even if no one is. Ensure there is always a car parked in your driveway, and enlist the help of a friend if necessary. Place your lights and television on a timer to give the illusion that people are inside. Don’t tidy up the yard too much, as having a garden hose unrolled or toys lying around will help provide you with that “lived in” look.

#3. Arrange for Lawn Care

Nothing makes it more obvious that you are away than an unkempt lawn. When going on an extended vacation, you should hire someone to cut the grass and pull weeds periodically. During the winter, make sure someone can shovel your walkways in the event there is a snowstorm. You’ll also need them to leave footprints so it looks like someone is coming and going.

#4. Stop Mail and Newspaper Delivery

Burglars may sometimes open mailboxes to see if they are stuffed full of mail. An overflowing mailbox coupled with piles of newspapers on your doorstep are telltale signs that a home has been empty a few days. Before leaving, halt mail and newspaper delivery so these things are not a problem. You should also time package deliveries to arrive before you leave, or arrange for someone to pick them up off your porch if that isn’t possible.

#5. Add Extra Security

You may be in the habit of leaving certain doors or windows unlocked while you are at home. When on vacation, every single opening should be locked. It won’t hurt to install a slide lock to some of your doors, or add window film to a sliding glass door to make it more shatterproof. If you live in a high crime neighborhood, you may even want to add some bars to the doors and windows on the back of your house.

While all of these things make your home more resistant to break-ins, nothing will deter burglars more than a home security system will. A home security system can monitor your home for fire, theft, water damage and more to ensure you and your loved ones are always protected.

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