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Keeping Your Home Safe While You're Away

Written by Realty Times Staff on Sunday, 23 February 2014 12:12 pm
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Total home security means that you won't have to worry while you're away. A few simple actions and some high-tech additions will give you peace of mind whether you're at your office or on a Caribbean cruise. You can keep track of your home from around the world and make sure there are no surprises waiting for you when you get back.

Don't Advertise Your Stuff

Home burglars usually walk or drive through neighborhoods first to find those homes worth breaking into, notes Lifehacker. Don't make your home a tempting target. Don't leave trash or boxes on the curb before you leave. A cardboard box for an HDTV on the curb for trash pick up says "there is something worth stealing inside this house."

Don't Advertise That You're Away

If you are leaving on vacation, make the house look lived in. Burglars watching the neighborhood will be interested in a house with newspapers scattered in the front yard. Stop the paper delivery or ask a neighbor to pick them up for you. Have them look for flyers left on the door or porch and remove them.

Stop your mail, have the neighbor pick it up, or at the very least, use a locking mailbox to prevent someone from taking a quick peek. The most secure mail delivery is through a mail slot in your front door, if that's allowed in your neighborhood, says Arizona Central.

Close blinds and curtains but use lights on timers to make the house look occupied, suggests MSN Real Estate. A radio or TV on a timer creates the illusion that someone is home. Anything that can make your home look occupied will deter a burglar and make them move on to another house.

Protection From Future Loss

Some burglars may not be as interested in jewelry and TVs as they are in your personal financial information. Credit card and bank statements left on a desk or kitchen counter can be used in identify fraud. Days after you return home, you may find that someone has cleared out your bank account or filled up your credit card with charges.

This is especially important regarding the safety of your children's identities. This group has seen an increase of identity theft incidents. Companies such as LifeLock have created seminars and classroom guides to help you understand this risk to your children and how to prevent it in the future.

High-Tech Home Protection

While the "no-tech" solutions to home security—like door and window locks, and barking dogs—are still effective, many realtor sites are saying that more consumers are becoming interested in the smart home concept. This high-tech approach to home security allows you to control and monitor areas of your home remotely.

Lock and unlock doors and windows remotely. Check on the status of your security system with mobile apps or with your laptop. Motion detectors and security cameras can send you text messages or emails, should someone trigger them. Watch your home remotely on security cameras. Keep tabs on pets. Watch the swimming pool and hot tub.

Upgrade your home to include the latest in fingerprint lock technology. Compact fingerprint recognition units are available from electronics sites like NewEgg to protect your home computer equipment and other electronics. This technology is also being built into door locks for your home.

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  • Comment Link Michelle @ A Secure Life Tuesday, 25 March 2014 3:53 pm posted by Michelle @ A Secure Life

    Great tips! An don't forget that you should not post photos of your exotic vacation on social media while you are away either! Speaking of advertising your house is empty. More tips like this can be found here: http://www.asecurelife.com/protect-your-home-while-on-vacation/

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  • Comment Link Jessica Friday, 21 March 2014 12:43 am posted by Jessica

    I work for a major residential security company. These are literally almost the exact same security tips we share with home owners every day. Great job on a very compete article!

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  • Comment Link steve Rochford Sunday, 16 March 2014 3:55 pm posted by steve Rochford

    Great advice, well thought out!

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  • Comment Link brad Thursday, 27 February 2014 1:43 pm posted by brad

    nice article! i recently wrote a similar one.

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