The holiday season is when many of us travel…to see family, to have a long weekend relaxing in San Francisco, or to take that two week dream trip to Paris. It doesn’t matter if it’s a day or two or longer. Now, back at home you pull into your driveway and remark, “Funny, I swore I closed that window” or “Why is my gate open?”
These days, most travelers worry about getting their wallets stolen or passports pinched while away from home and in unfamiliar territory. But, did you know you should also take steps to protect your home while you are away?
Many people hire house sitters, especially if they are gone for a longer time. If that’s not the case with you, then these simple tips may save you the grief of returning home to a robbed house.
Take a critical look at your home and finding any security lapses. Think like a burglar. Look for quick things to grab, like an iPad on the counter or purse on the desk. If you leave your car in the garage, don’t hang the keys on the hook by the door. Perhaps rethink your hiding places for jewelry or cash.
Keep it clean
Ask a neighbor to pick up the paper, mail, or any flyers that may be dropped on the doorstep or driveway.
Make your house look normal
If your blinds or curtains are usually left open, leave them open. If lights are always on…leave a light on.
Think about trash days
If you’re gone for a longer time and your trash pick-up occurs during that time, ask a neighbor to take out your trash. Ask them to bring the can in, as well.
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