10 Tips To Protect Your Home When Traveling
Going on a trip? Here’s what to do.
- Put your mail and newspaper deliveries on vacation hold. Consider you end up on a “stop delivery” list and this may mean persons who have access to it might not always have good intentions.
- Maybe ask a neighbor to collect mail and deliveries— but what if he forgets or something happens to him? Make sure he is very reliable.
- Ask a reliable neighbor to remove any fliers at your door, because a burglar might have placed them there to see if they gets removed or not.
- In a perfect world, you have a reliable neighbor or two who will do things to make it look like you never went away, such as taking out your trash cans (even if empty) and returning them; mowing the lawn; and parking his car in your driveway.
- In an even more perfect world, you have a great neighbor who will look in on your dog every so often, feed and walk it, etc. If the dog stays at your house instead of in a kennel, its barking will deter intruders. Ideally, your neighbor will live in your house while you’re away.
- If you don’t have grand neighbors who can help out in these ways, at least enlist in a few to just keep an eye on your house as far as suspicious people near it.
- If you’re traveling during a heat wave (get a weather report for your area for the time you’ll be away), set the air conditioner (if it’s in your window) to come on when the temperature hits a certain point. Otherwise, during a heatwave, an air conditioner that’s not on—while everyone else’s rumbles—is a tip-off to a crook casing your place that you’re away on travel.
- Install exterior lights that turn on upon detecting motion. Place them at all doors and above the garage.
- Install interior lighting fixtures that go on and off according to a setting. Timed devices can also turn the TV on and off. More sophisticated devices will go on randomly rather than the same time every day—which is a tip-off that they’re timed devices and you’re not home. You can also get an application for your smartphone to control the settings while you’re traveling.
- Stop posting your plans or locations on social media. Just stop it.