Preventing Home Burglaries While Away

As a homeowner, you know the importance of home security – it is essential in protecting you from costly and emotionally taxing burglaries. When you are away from your home, especially for a long duration of time, you are leaving your residence exposed to the risk of theft.

No matter how long the trip, taking the proper precautions and focusing on your home’s security before you head out of town can make a huge difference when it comes to preventing theft.

Here are a few helpful tips to protect your home and provide you peace of mind while away.

Lock all windows and doors. If you have an automatic garage door, consider disconnecting to prevent anyone from gaining entry by using a universal garage door remote.

Do not leave a house key outside of your home. Though you may think it is well-hidden, avoid leaving keys outside–even when not on vacation!

Set indoor and outdoor lights on timers. Install motion-activated sensors on outdoor floodlights around your property. Keep light directed at doors, windows, and garages.

Maintain landscaping. Having an overgrown lawn or snow-covered driveway may indicate to thieves that you are away. Arrange to have your grass cut or snow shoveled. Ask a neighbor to bring your trashcans to the curb to make it seem like you are still home.

Arrange to have your mail placed  on hold until you return. It is easy to request this service online on the USPS’s website. If you receive newspapers, place your subscription on hold or arrange for a neighbor to pick it up.

Protect your valuables by securing items in a safe deposit box. What cannot go in a safe deposit box, keep well-hidden and make sure they cannot be seen through the windows.

Avoid posting photos or sharing about your trip on social media until after you return. You don’t want to publicly share that your home is empty!

Ask a trustworthy neighbor or family member to keep an eye on your home. Make sure they have your phone number to alert you if anything seems out of place.

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