12 Days Of Holiday Safety: Home Security While Travelling
The excitement of getting away on a holiday adventure to spend time with loved ones leaves little room to worry about home safety. It’s easy to forget to take proper precautions for home safety while we are away. Although the majority of burglaries do not involve violence, victims are still greatly affected. The average dollar loss from a burglary in the United States is over $2,000, and around 87% of burglaries are preventable.
While we are busy enjoying the holidays, criminals are just as busy watching our homes. According to protectyourhome.com, 70% of burglaries are targeted. Do everything you can to make it look like there are people and signs of activity in your home.
Home Security While Travelling
Here are a few steps you can take to prevent your home from becoming a target while you’re away:
Notify a trustworthy neighbor: Let someone you trust know you will be away. Ask them to drive by daily and pick up your mail, put the trash out on trash day and return empty garbage bins. Having them park in your driveway is also a good idea.
Keep travel plans offline: Although updating statuses on social media can be tempting, this will make your home a target and steer you away from home safety. Wait until you return home to share your festive outings to avoid lurkers from knowing your home is empty.
Be careful about disposing of packaging: We get so excited about the big screen TV or new laptop that was gifted to us; we put the box on display for burglars to see and don’t realize we have just put a bullseye on our home.
Keep home well lit: Invest in a motion detector to create the illusion that the residence is still occupied. Schedule your outdoor and indoor lights on an electronic timer, leaving lights on at all times looks just as suspicious as having them off.
Maintain the appearance outside of your home: Hire someone to do yard work and shovel snow while you are away. Tall grass and untrimmed edges suggest no one has been home to give your yard maintenance.
Don’t leave spare keys outside: Gather any spare keys that would normally be left out under mats or a large rock.
Have a home security system: Not having one will increase your chances of being burglarized by three times. Also, having a sign from the home security system displayed scares some burglars away.
Secure your home: Doing so may seem obvious when you are thinking about home safety, but it may be forgotten especially if you are rushing out the door. 34% of burglars enter through the front door. Check windows and doors to make sure all locks are intact.
Have a pre-trip checklist ready with these tips before your holiday vacation starts so that you aren’t left wondering, “Did I remember to lock the back door?”
Planning will help keep you stress-free when it comes to home safety and will allow you to have a joyful holiday vacation.
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- Written by Jill Fowler