Protecting Your Home When You’re Not There And Even When You Are

It goes without saying there are times when you will not be able to be  home, your home will be empty and if you don’t take steps to protect it you could be leaving a big calling sign saying “I’m gone, not home, have been gone for awhile, so feel free to make off with my stuff”.  I don’t know about you but I want to avoid the situation of a break in if I can.  While not everything is in my control there are steps I can take to protect my home and belongings from burglars.   There are some shocking statics about people who break into homes, check out this infographic:

Here are some steps I think each person should take if they will be gone on a trip or for more than a day, to help ensure their home and precious belongings stay safe.

  1. Get a few security motion detectors.  Set it to come on automatically when motions is sensed.  Even the craftiest of people have to move if they are planning on breaking into someones home.  I don’t know about the average burglar but it would deter me if a light came on.
  2. Have a friend or family member make daily or at least every other day stops to pick up packages, newspapers and mail.  Nothing screams “I am gone” like mail piling up and packages stacked against your house.  If you don’t have a friend or family member who can do that for you fill out a stop mail for at the post office and they can put a hold on your mail until a certain date.  Look into doing that with package delivery companies as well.
  3. Don’t hide a key to your house anywhere by your house.  Yes it seems like common sense but so many parents may leave keys hidden for their kids that they don’t think about removing it when they go on a trip.  No hidden keys will be found here.
  4. Automatic timers for some lights or the television.  If you can have lights come on and off at different times of the day it’s going to be less likely for someone looking for a pattern to find one.  If you can have multi-room timers that’s even better because then it looks as it does when you are home, that you are moving from room to room.
  5. Forward your calls while you are gone.  If a burglar can find your number chances are they may call to see if someone is home before they make the move.  Forwarding your calls means you can still answer a majority of them and it will be hard to tell if you are home or not.
  6. Last, but certainly not least, invest in a complete alarm system.  If someone tries to break in, I assume, as  soon as the alarm goes off they will worry about drawing attention to themselves and get to moving away from the house.

These are just a few tips to hopefully help protect your home when you are gone and some of them will work just as good as when you are home to keep you safe.  What are some tips you have for protecting your home?

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  1. 1

    Having your home robbed is the worse thing. You think it will never happen to you, but it can.

  2. 2

    Great tips!

  3. 3

    Great tips!

  4. 4

    Great tips, I would really like an alarm system. My dogs do a good job at alerting us when anyone is around, but still.

  5. 5

    Great tips!

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