Installing a home security system is a direct deterrent to potential thieves. Many will alert you on your smart phone of any movement and gives you the access to view in real time of anyone on your property.
2. Mix Up Your Schedule
Change up your daily routine throughout the year and the weeks before leaving for vacation. This will make it difficult for burglars to be privy of your schedule and makes it more difficult for them to know when to strike.
3. Don’t Be Tempting
Remember to lock up essential outdoor items. The best thing to do is store them out of sight. Be sure to lock areas that provide easy access to your property, such as garage doors and gates to yards. Keeping things stored safely in a locked garden shed or garage can save you the hassle of having to purchase replacements.
4. Consider Hiring a House (or Pet) Sitter
Having someone stay at your residence is by far the best way to make sure your home is safe when you're away. If you don't have a trusted family or friend, consider hiring from a service. A service can be pricey, however may be worth it.
5. Always Keep Your Doors and Windows Locked
Whether you’re spending the holidays away or at home, always remember to keep your doors and windows locked at all times. While this seems like common sense, locking your front, side and back doors prevents burglars from entering your home through the easiest and most obvious route. Unlocked windows, especially at night, can provide burglars with easy entry. Disconnect or turn off your garage door to prevent thieves from utilizing a universal remote for entry.
6. Hide Your Valuables
Leaving valuable items, such as jewelry and watches, in plain sight while you’re away is never a good idea. Tuck all of your valuable items in a hidden place that is safe. Keep this hiding place a secret between you and trusted family members. And, if possible, select a safe that can be bolted to the floor so thieves can’t simply pick it up and walk out with it.
7. Don’t Advertise Your Holiday Travel Plans
Today, updating your status on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram is one way to alert burglars that you’ll be gone. Consider patiently waiting and share your vacation photos when you get home.
8. Hold Your Mail
If you'll be away for more than a few days, contact your local post office to discontinue the mail service and hold your mail until your return. You may have the option to request this service online for the post office to hold your mail. This is a good idea for your newspaper delivery as well.
9. Alert Your Neighbors
This is one time you'd like nosey neighbors. Ask them to keep an eye on your property for anything out of the ordinary. They may be willing to pick up any door flyers, advertisements or the occasional phone book left at the doorstep or driveway. If you'll be gone for more than a few days, your neighbor might possibly water your plants to keep them looking cared for. Don't overlook garbage day - your kind neighbor might be willing to take out garbage cans and put them back after the weekly pick up.
10. Automatic Lighting
Create the illusion that the home is occupied buy investing in some timers for your interior lighting. Set them for different times in different rooms and leave on for just a few hours at a time. These timers can be found at your local home improvement stores.
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