When going on vacation or leaving home for awhile, it is important to take the necessary steps to keep your home safe. A few simple actions can help keep your home safe while you’re away:
Don’t advertise your stuff. Home burglars usually walk or drive through neighborhoods to find the homes worth breaking into. To make sure your home is not a target, do not leave boxes or trash piled up before you leave. A cardboard box for a new plasma TV or blue ray DVD player indicates there are “things worth stealing inside this house.”
Don’t advertise that you’re away. When leaving on vacation, it’s important to make sure your house still looks like someone is living there. If the mail is not picked up and the newspaper is left on the stoop, this is an advertisement to burglars that nobody’s home. Ask a neighbor to grab your mail/newspaper and open and close your blinds. Using lights on timers can also help the house look occupied.
Protect from future losses. Some burglars are not interested in your stuff, as they are in your personal information. Bank statements and credit card information left on your counters can be used in identity fraud.
High-tech home protection. While door and window locks are still important, the next big thing in home protection is going digital. You can check on the status of your security system with mobile applications and your laptop, Motion detectors and security cameras can send you text messages or alerts if someone is triggering them. You can watch your home remotely with security cameras.
To help keep your home safe, contact your Shorewest, REALTOR for professional help.
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