How to Keep Your Home Safe While You Are Away

Homeownership is exciting but there are many responsibilities that come with it. One of them is trying to keep your house safe when you are away for an extended period.  If you are planning a trip, here are some tips for keeping your home safe while you are away.

  • Invest in light timers – a lighted house is less appealing to burglars
  • Put a hold on your mail and newspaper – thieves do look for piles of newspapers on the front porch when scoping out a neighborhood
  • Consider a flicker light – if you don’t want to use light timers, consider a flicker light that gives the illusion that a television screen in flashing from the outside
  • Park in the driveway – if you have a car that is left behind, consider having it parked in the driveway to give the impression that someone is home
  • Alarm your house – make sure you have your alarm on, give the code to those that need to come and go but ensure it is alarmed the rest of the time, you can always reset an alarm code
  • Don’t advertise on social media – don’t tell everyone where you are going and don’t post your travel dates, you never know who is reading your posts
  • Close the blinds early – remember that burglars usually tour a neighborhood before they decide to rob a home, if you are planning to keep the blinds closed while you are gone, start closing the blinds before you leave to establish a pattern.

Traveling for the holidays is an exciting time but it is good to prepare your home to help keep your chances of being robbed minimal.  If you do feel that you need to prepare more for a break in, consider hiding some of your most valuable possessions in less than obvious places before you leave as well. This may help you feel more at ease before you head out for the holidays.

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