Keep Your Home Safe When Traveling by Using These Smart Tips

Guest Blog Post WRITTEN BY Henry Moore of FitWellTraveler.com

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Whether you travel for business, pleasure or both, knowing that things are safe and sound back home can help you to focus on your trip. In this post, we’ll look at ways to keep your residence secure from criminals while you’re away. We’ll include information on choosing the right security system for your situation.

Let’s begin by tackling some common home security myths:

  • “Most home break-ins occur at night.” In reality, most residential burglaries occur between 10 AM and 3 PM, according to information from Jacksonville State University (JSU).
  • “Thieves are sophisticated professionals who know how to foil the average home alarm system.” The vast majority of burglars are low-level criminals in search of a quick score. They steer clear of homes protected by security systems.
  • “Most break-ins occur in poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods.” Criminals are opportunists. They go wherever they think they can make a quick buck.

Now let’s look at ways to keep the bad guys away from your home and your loved ones.

Make It Look Occupied

Thieves prefer to avoid their victims whenever possible, so begin your security prep by making the bad guys think there’s someone at home. Here are some ways to give your residence a lively look, even when it’s empty:

  • Keep a car parked in your garage or driveway.
  • Stop mail delivery while you’re away or have a trusted friend pick up the mail for you.
  • Have a lawn service keep up your landscaping chores if you will be away for more than a few days.
  • Install outdoor security lighting with motion sensor activation.

Have Someone Drop By

Having real, live people on the premises is better than any bluff. Consider these ideas:

  • Tell law enforcement that you’ll be away, and ask officers to keep an eye on things.
  • Ask a relative or close friend to visit the home every day or two and make sure everything is in good order.
  • If you have pets, then consider hiring a pet sitter to drop by and care for your animals, or use a house sitting service.

Keep Your Online World Secure

Securing your home from criminals includes watching out for high-tech threats. Here are some basic digital precautions you should take:

  • Never announcing your travel plans on social media.
  • Either taking mobile devices with you or keeping them in a safe deposit box at your bank, not at home.
  • Changing passwords on your desktop computer (if you have one) and removing or destroying physical records that contain critical information like your passcodes, Social Security number, etc.

How to Choose a Home Security System

A home security system is a powerful way to discourage would-be thieves. Here are some tips on choosing the right layout for your home:

  • If you opt for closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, then make sure the installers are skilled in installing them. Each year, authorities receive CCTV recordings that are unusable due to bad angles and other problems, according to the FBI.
  • Shop around before making a final choice. Home security is a competitive business. Potential providers commonly offer special deals for new subscribers.
  • Make sure the company you choose has solid ratings with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and that its representatives undergo extensive background checks. The last thing you need is for the person who installed your system to show up later to rob you!

Traveling is always better when you’re free of worry. So use the tips in this post to deter trespassers while you’re away. That way, you’ll return at the end of your trip ready to relax and enjoy the comforts of home.

Henry is the co-creator of FitWellTraveler. The site blends two of his favorite subjects (travel and health) to provide readers with information about how to get the most out of both. henry@fitwelltraveler.com

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