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Securing Your Home While Traveling

Summer is here; for many, that means summer vacations and time spent away from home. Securing your home properly before traveling is crucial to ensure peace of mind and prevent potential burglaries. Here are some safety tips to secure your home while you’re away:

  1. Lock All Doors and Windows: Double-check and ensure that all doors and windows are securely locked before you leave. Consider installing deadbolts on doors for added security.
  2. Use Timers for Lights: Set timers on interior lights to give the appearance that someone is home. This can deter burglars who might be watching for signs of an empty house.
  3. Arrange for Mail and Newspaper Pickup: Suspend delivery of newspapers and arrange for someone to pick up your mail or have it held at the post office. A buildup of newspapers or mail is a clear sign that no one is home.
  4. Keep Valuables Out of Sight: Close curtains or blinds to prevent potential burglars from seeing expensive items inside your home.
  5. Install a Security System: If you have a security system, ensure it is activated before you leave. If not, consider installing one, or at least using visible signs or stickers that suggest the presence of an alarm system.
  6. Inform a Trusted Neighbor or Friend: Let a trusted neighbor or friend know that you will be away. They can keep an eye on your property, pick up any packages left at your door, and report any suspicious activity.
  7. Secure Spare Keys: Do not leave spare keys hidden outside your home.
  8. Unplug Appliances: To prevent electrical fires and save energy, unplug nonessential appliances and electronic devices.
  9. Secure Garage and Storage Sheds: Ensure that your garage door is closed and locked, and consider securing items in your storage shed with a lock or storing valuable items inside the house.
  10. Avoid Sharing Travel Plans on Social Media: While it’s tempting to share your excitement about your upcoming trip, avoid posting specific details about your travel plans on social media.
  11. A Full Tank of Gas Ensures You’re Prepared: Be prepared for unexpected situations such as natural disasters, emergencies, or sudden changes in plans that require you to travel a significant distance.

By taking these precautions and planning ahead, you can significantly reduce the risk of your home being targeted while you’re away.

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