Tips to Keep Your Home Safe When You’re Out of Town

Tips to Keep Your Home Safe When You’re Out of Town

One of the most distressing things a homeowner can experience involves returning to town after a trip or vacation– and finding out their home has been broken into.

Not only does this feel extremely violating, the stress of needing to call the police, file a police report and contacting the insurance company can feel overwhelming.

Since they say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, for this post, we wanted to talk about some of the ways you can keep your house protected in your absence.

Invest in timers

If you don’t already have timers for your indoor lights, you may want to consider in investing in some. If you’re planning on being gone for several days or weeks, consider leaving your car in the driveway (as opposed to parking it in the garage.) Burglars are far less likely to target homes that appear to be lived in.

Stop your mail (or ask your neighbors to collect it)

This goes hand-in-hand with the “make sure your home looks as if it’s still being lived in” train of thought. If junk mail and restaurant flyers are piling up on your porch, this is a telltale sign that no one is home. Some people prefer to have the post office hold their mail while their traveling, while others are able to have a friend or neighbor collect anything that’s piling up outside the front door. Both solutions work well.

Invest in a home security system

If you watch TV, you’ve likely seen the commercial about the video doorbell / motion lights security system that has live-stream video monitoring. A growing number of home security systems have smart phone apps- when you download the app (and install the system), you’ll be alerted if anything is amiss at your property. In some cases, you’ll be able to transmit the sound of your voice to your home- which can scare the bejeezus out of a would-be wrongdoer.

Remember to lock doors and windows

Burglars are creatures of opportunity- and they tend to target homes that have unlocked doors or windows. This allows them to “break in” and make an exit without much noise.

Hire a home watch service

Lastly, if you’d like to learn more about how a home watch service can help keep your home protected in your absence, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today to speak with a licensed professional.