As you can probably tell from my blog, I love traveling. There’s nothing I like more than getting away from home out on an exciting adventure with the family. Unfortunately, though that does mean that my home is left alone for long periods throughout the year. This is the life of a traveler and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get worried. That’s why I’ve been researching the best ways to keep your home safe and sound while you’re out of town.
The first thing I recommend is trying to get your neighbors to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. If you can do this, you’re less likely to come home to a break in that hasn’t even been noticed. There’s no real reason why neighbors wouldn’t agree to do this. After all, you can return the favor when they go off on a vacation. It’s also worth leaving a key so they can check on the house every now and then. You might even want to encourage them to leave a car on the driveway. This makes it look like someone is still in your home. Of course, the problems arise when a whole section of the street heads off at the same time. It’s quite common for this to happen during the summer months. The answer is to coordinate your holidays, so there’s always someone nearby to watch the houses. An empty street is Christmas morning to a burglar.
You can actually check on your home while you’re away with the latest home security on smartphones. These apps allow you to get live feeds of your home, see if your door has been opened or if there have been any movement in the house. You can even connect them to light sensors to see if anyone has walked past your property. Now, obviously you don’t want to spend your whole vacation staring at your phone. But it’s nice to be able to check in on your property every now and then.
Fooling The Thieves
You might want to think about some of the ways that you can make it look like people are still in the home. One of the most popular ideas is to either have music playing or switch the lights on. But there are two problems with this. You’ll face a rather nasty electric bill and it might have the opposite effect. If a burglar sees that a home has lights on all night it might tell them there’s no one there to switch them off. That’s why you should have timer plugs. That way you can plug in lights that will switch on and off at certain times through the day. Or, occasionally have one that turns on the TV. This creates the illusion that there is someone in the property.
Don’t Put Up A Target
Finally, I’m sure there’s plenty of wonderful furniture and awesome gadgets in your home. But you shouldn’t put them on display. For instance, your brand new 4K 80 inch TV shouldn’t be viewable from the window. Otherwise, you’re just asking for trouble.