How To Keep Your Home Safe While You Are Away
The best way to ward off trouble is discourage thieves by getting a house sitter. If you have any pets, while you are away, you might want to think about hiring a house sitter. Then your pets are properly cared for and your home is safer. Peace of mind is worth some extra money. If you are going to hire a house sitter – make sure you use reliable and trustworthy service! Ask around.
If you can’t get a house sitter the best way to keep your home from becoming a target is to keep it from being obvious that you’re gone. Burglars don’t want to come face to face with homeowners, so they will go for the easier target first, the house where clearly no one is at home
Lighting habits are very important. Although it is not necessary to keep a light on in every room of your home, keeping lights on in the rooms that your family usually occupies is a must. This is done by purchasing an inexpensive light timer (available at most hardware stores). These timers can be set to come on and off at desired times, and can also be used on appliances such as televisions or radios to further give the illusion of occupancy.
Always lock your door and leave a key with someone to check on your home while you are gone.
Do not leave your spare key under the doormat or in any of the equally obvious hiding places. Rather give a copy to someone else and don’t have a spare key anywhere in your garden while you are home. If you MUST hide your key on the property be creative! That blue rock in the backyard under the tree behind the shed is a better/safer bet.
Develop a reciprocal relationship with your neighbors. Watch their houses when they are away; keep your eyes and ears open for strange happenings and ask them to do the same for you. Group0 together and form a neighborhood watch of some sort.
If you follow these tips you can be sure your chances are good that you will return to a secure house. If something has happened while you were out; here are some signs to look for
Broken windows or door should be a major alert that something is wrong. Don’t go inside! Call the police and have them check the property.
If you think you have been broken into don’t touch anything; you want to keep the scene preserved for investigation.
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