Make Sure Your Home Is Safe While You’re Away

Home Security

Home is where the heart is, so keep it safe. Having someone guard your house while you’re away would be nice. But most of us leave our house vacant when we go on vacation. You can keep your home safe in many ways, but I’ve put together the best tips to help. These tips will give you peace of mind, from securing your doors and windows to investing in a home security system.

Get a House-Sitter

This is probably the closest you can get to a “home guard”! If it’s within your budget, consider hiring a house-sitter. This person can take care of any pets in your home and bring mail and newspapers. A house-sitter can stay in your home the whole time you’re gone or just stop by once or twice a day. He or she can turn lights on and off and turn television and radios on and off at random times.

Lawn

Your lawn says a lot about whether you are home or not. If it’s overgrown, it signals vacancy. Also, overgrown trees and shrubs can obscure windows and doors, creating hiding spaces for burglars. Hire people to mow your property in your absence. If you’re leaving for a while, pay someone to trim your shrubs and trees.

If you have children, sources recommend leaving a few toys on the lawn. It looks like the kids are coming back out any minute! If you have a house-sitter, he or she can rearrange these toys daily, too.

Mail and Newspapers

Even if you don’t have a full-fledged house-sitter, ask a neighbor to bring in mail and newspapers. Otherwise, call the post office and newspaper to let them know the dates you’ll be gone and ask them to stop delivery during that time.

Your Car

An unmoving car parked in your driveway for days and days can be a “no one’s home” signal to thieves. See if a friend or neighbor can move your car now and then or even park his or her car in your driveway every so often. It looks like activity is going on, and that’s the important message to convey.

Lighting

Motion-sensing outside lights are a good idea. Ensure they are in good shape and that any other outdoor lighting works properly. Indoor lighting should be in good working order, too. Consider lamp timers so lights can go on and off seemingly randomly.

Timers

Timers can be used for more than just lighting. You can attach them to any electrical device, such as a TV or radio. This means the radio or television will come on and go off at various times as if someone were home.

Valuables

Make sure to leave valuables in plain view. Computers, TVs, and electronics that can be clearly seen through your windows must be hidden (or use curtains/shades on your windows). Jewelry, cash, or anything else valuable can be placed in a safe deposit box at your bank, or you can give your valuables to a trusted family member while you’re gone.

Conclusion

Keep your home safe with these tips. Doors and windows should be locked, a security system should be installed, and valuables should be hidden. Following these tips can help deter criminals and keep your family and belongings safe.

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