If you’re going away on business or you’re taking a well-earned vacation, the last thing you want is to be worrying about is the safety of your home. It’s not always possible to prevent burglaries, but some homes are a lot more appealing to thieves than others. If you want to enjoy peace of mind while you’re away, here are some tips to keep your home safe and sound.
Making your home defenses harder to breach
Thieves often look for easy pickings when it comes to targeting homes. You can reduce your risk of being the victim of burglary by making your home’s defenses more difficult to breach. If you think about it, it makes sense that a burglar would go for a home that had no CCTV cameras, gates or alarms rather than one that resembled Fort Knox. You don’t have to go crazy and spend a fortune, but adding an alarm system, outdoor lights and security shutters could make all the difference. Even simple measures like leaving a landing light on, or putting up a ‘beware of the dog’ sign can be effective.
It may sound incredibly obvious, but always make sure your doors and windows are locked before you leave. When you’re packing, you’re running late for your flight, or you’re desperately trying to get everything in order before you go, it can be easy to forget even the most basic jobs like locking doors and gates. Take a moment to walk around the house, and make sure every window and door is locked. Take the keys with you and keep them in a safe, or pass them to a neighbor or family member. Make sure any valuable items are concealed.
Don’t give any clues
If the owners are away, this can make a home a much easier target. There’s a higher chance of burglars breaking in without being disturbed. If you are planning a trip, make sure you don’t leave any clues. Cancel deliveries of newspapers or milk, and ask your neighbors if they can collect your mail for you. Don’t post updates on social media, which inform people that you’re not at home. If you do want to share photographs or check-in at exotic locations, make sure your profile is private and can only be viewed by your friends.
Get friendly with your neighbors
It’s nice to get on with your neighbors for social reasons, but it’s also really useful to form relationships, especially if you’re away a lot. You can keep an eye on their home and vice versa, and this can reduce the risk of burglaries. It’s also a good idea to get involved with any local groups, such as neighborhood watch schemes.
Nobody wants to spend their vacation worrying about whether they’ll come home to find broken windows and missing valuables. Before you leave home, ramp up your security, and make sure all the windows and doors are locked. Talk to your neighbors and ask them to keep an eye on the house while you’re away, and cancel any deliveries in advance.
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