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Home Security Tips for Frequent Traveler
The feeling of getting away and exploring the great beyond is exhilarating, but it can also cause anxiety. Home break-ins are one of the most feared crimes in the U.S., and many worry about their homes being broken into when unoccupied. Fortunately, there are many ways that your home can be protected when you’re away, and if you travel frequently, the following tips may prevent serious loss or stop a home invasion entirely.
Make Your Home Look Occupied
Scouting out your home and surroundings is usually the first step burglars take before deciding whether or not to make your home a target. The Bureau of Justice reported that 72 percent of home burglaries occurred when no one was home, and more home invasions take place during the day than at night. A few indications of an empty or rarely occupied home are an overgrown lawn, a full mailbox, dark interior lighting, closing your blinds (when you usually keep them open), or no car in the driveway.
Recruit Friends, Family, or Neighbors to House Sit
Developing a list of trustworthy friends, family members, or neighbors that can watch your home while you’re away is one of the best ways to protect your residence. House sitters are also helpful in maintaining your dwelling while you’re away and can manage plants, pets, trash, or trash cans. In addition, house sitters that can drop in, be in your home at various times throughout the day, or even better, stay the night will deter home invaders. At the very least, letting neighbors know when you’re away will keep caring eyes on your home, and any disturbances or suspicious activity can be acted on quickly.
Set up a Few Security Protocols
Frequent travelers should seriously consider adopting a full-fledged home monitoring service that provides cameras, active monitoring, sensors, and more. Either way, putting up an alarm unit and a camera (whether or not it actually works) is a good crime deterrent. A few other home protection add-ons to consider are motion lights, disconnecting your garage door, removing any extra spare keys from your home’s exterior, and installing a video doorbell that allows you to see who is coming to your door and engage with them via intercom. Doing so will enable you to speak to people who come to the door even if you aren’t home. Waiting to post travel photos until you return home, not checking in on social media, and keeping your travel plans under wraps are also proactive ways to prevent theft while you’re away.
Critical Forget-Me-Nots to do Before Every Trip
Remembering to prep your home for your departure is another task to add to your to-do list, but making sure to unplug unnecessary electrical items, clean up your yard, close windows, lock doors, check your water heater, and make sure that your home is winterized if you are leaving during cold weather will prevent long-term damage. Performing simple home health checks will ensure that you’re able to focus on your adventures when you travel and increase the likelihood that there are no unpleasant surprises upon your return.
The darwin Wall Team. Assisting Arizona Home buyers and Sellers in the East Valley.