Peace of Mind for Travelers: Protect Your Home While You’re AwayThursday, April 02, 2015 Mary Anne Velasco
If you’re the traveling type, you’re no stranger to spending time away from home. And, whether your destination is near or far, home security is probably a primary concern. After all, burglaries happen, and there’s no way to be 100% sure your home and belongings are safe.
However, there are steps you can take to prevent burglaries and drastically reduce your risk of being victimized. Keep reading to find out more.
1. Ditch that Spare Key
If you’re like most people, you have a spare key cleverly hidden somewhere outside. But, even the cleverest hiding spots are no match for intruders. Instead of keeping your key in your mailbox, under the welcome mat, or in one of those plastic rocks, consider leaving your spare with a trusted neighbor or family member.
2. Stop Your Mail
Full-to-bursting mailboxes and front porches strewn with newspapers are dead giveaways. Call your post office and newspaper distributors, and arrange for pick-up or a temporary suspension in services.
3. Don’t Announce Your Plans on Social Media
When you’re excited about a trip, you might be tempted to discuss your plans on social media. However, unless your privacy settings are super strict, you could be announcing your plans to would-be intruders. Instead of sharing your travel plans ahead of time, save all those photos and updates for when you get back home.
4. Invest in a Security System
Investing in a security system is one of the best ways to protect your home. For added peace of mind, be sure to go with a trusted company that offers the exact services you need. For example, some companies offer services that help in the event of fires, natural disasters and medical emergencies, as well as protection from break-ins. According to SecurityChoice.net, which features ADT home security in Atlanta and other big cities across the country, home systems not only protect homeowners in the event of a break-in, they help deter these types of crimes as well.
So, rest easy, and invest in your own safety and peace of mind.
5. Secure Your Outdoor Spaces
In addition to keeping your indoor belongings safe, you should take care to secure your outdoor valuables, as well. For example, tools, bicycles and motorcycles should be locked up and hidden from sight, so as not to tempt would-be thieves or burglars. Also, well-lit outdoor areas can deter criminals, as can neatly-trimmed hedges and greenery [tall or overgrown bushes can serve as a hiding place for intruders]. Lastly, double check tool sheds, garages and other outdoor storage spaces to make sure they’re locked and secure.
6. Enlist or Hire Help
Having a trusted friend collect mail, turn on lights, etc. can make it look like your home is occupied 24/7. Hiring a house-sitter is also a great idea, so look into the options before planning your next trip.
7. Perform a Security Check
Before setting off on your travels, perform an in-depth security check. Take a stroll down your block, paying special attention to your home and property. Are all your belongings locked safely out of sight? Can you see the inside of your home from the street, and, if so, can you spot any electronics, works of art, antiques or other valuable items that might pique an intruder's interests? Would blinds or curtains help obscure your valuables from sight? Are all gates, doors and windows locked and in good condition? Keep a checklist of these and other security issues, and mark them off, one by one.
Traveling is a great way to relax and unwind. And while stressful situations are bound to pop up, none of them have to involve home security. With the tips provided here, you can protect your home and belongings, give yourself some peace of mind, and enjoy your travels to the fullest.