7 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While You Travel
- Ask a trusted friend to pick up your mail and newspaper and keep the yard free of trash and advertisements.
- Stop your mail but not your newspaper – you can easily handle this online by going to the US Postal Service’s Hold Mail Service. A recent news story implicated an employee from a major newspaper who was passing customer hold requests to burglars.
- Don’t post about your trip on Facebook and Twitter until you return – some burglars actually look for this type of announcement to schedule their activities.
- Notify police and/or neighborhood watch – especially if you’re going to be gone for more than just a few days. Let your security monitoring service know the dates of your trip and whether someone will be checking on your home for you.
- Using timers for your lighting fixtures can make it look like someone is home – use several set for different times to better simulate the appearance that someone is home.
- Unplug certain appliances – TVs, computers, toaster ovens (which use electricity even when they’re off) to protect them from power surges.
- Don’t hide a key – burglars know exactly where to look for your key, and it only takes them a moment to check under the mat, above the door, in the flower pot or in that fake rock you think is cool.
These easy-to-handle suggestions may protect your belongings while you’re gone, while adding a level of serenity to your trip.