So, you have packed up your backpack and booked the itinerary, but remember before you board the plane, you need to take some time out to secure your house while you’re on travel. July and August are the holiday months and they are also the months when robbery is at its peak.
So, in order to make the full out of your trip, plan calmly and follow this checklist.
Inside the house
1. Set up timers on your lighting. This helps in deterring burglars who check out dark places for crime. Do not allow your house to look as if no one’s there.
2. Avoid power surges. You do not know when a power surge can happen. So stay alert. Disconnect all electronic devices and ensure that are plugged well in a surge protector.
3. Do not make any status updates. Do not broadcast your location Twitter or Facebook. Do not even reveal it to your colleagues and friends unless important. It is one of the most common resorts for opening a burglar possibility.
4. Install a security system. Installing an automatic security system is one of the top priorities before leaving. It will alert the police and alarm company instantly. Ensure that the alarm is set up properly.
5. Keep your valuables safe. If you have jewelry or other valuables in your safe, then keep them in a locker or somewhere else before leaving.
6. Set the HVAC. Go for a programmable thermostat to manage the heat and air conditioner usage.
7. Secure your pipes. Ensure the pipes in the vulnerable locations like basement, attic are well-insulated. If you live in a cold place, then set the thermostat at 55 degrees. Make sure someone reliable stops by and check on the house from time to time.
8. Double check the doors and windows to see all of them are well-locked.
Outside the house
1. Appoint someone for law care. Maintain your landscape by a friendly neighborhood child. Make sure you get the grass and tree branches trimmed to hinder any burglar from climbing your house.
2. Cancel all mail and newspapers. Ask your delivery man to stop delivering mails and newspapers or get them continuously picked by a neighbor. Mounting newspapers on the door is one of the easiest ways to clue the robbers that the house is vacant.
3. Put up some exterior lighting. Set some light on time to deter burglars.
4. Do not leave any spare keys in the house. Collect all the spare keys from the house and keep it somewhere safe. Remember not to keep them anywhere outside like in potted plants or under the mats.
5. Lock the garage. Even if the garage has no entrance to the house, you still have chances of getting your things stolen. So, make sure your garage is well-locked before you leave.
6. Install cameras and security system outside too. It is the best way to secure your house. Even if any motion is detected or windows or doors are being touched, it will alarm the alarm company and police.
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