7 Tips To Protect Your Home During Your Holiday
Yes, the fact cannot be denied that going on a holiday is a great way to unwind from a hectic office life and spending some quality time with your family. While you are on a holiday, leaving your home unoccupied will surely cause you some unrest. So, here are 7 tips to protect your home while on holiday.
Make your house appear occupied
If you don’t want to be a victim of the burglary, then it is important you have taken certain steps to ensure it looks like someone’s still at home while you are enjoying your holiday. You can choose to set timers on televisions, radios, and lights so that they turn on automatically during the night hours.
You can even ask your neighbours to park their car in your empty driveway. The windows and blinds should be positioned normally; you have to ensure that they are not exposing expensive stuff, such as appliances and furnishings, inside your house. The neighbours should also be asked to collect your daily mail and you can ask your newspaper delivery man not deliver newspapers for the time period you will be away.
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Don’t forget to lock up
This is one of the important things you have to ensure before you leave your home. You won’t forget to lock all your doors, but still, you have to ensure you have secured all other openings such as mail slots and pet doors or else this will give the burglars an easy entry to your home without making much effort. If you have one of those high-tech garage doors, then make sure you have disconnected the electronic opener.
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Beware of social media
You must be tempting for the moment when you will be able to share the details and the pics of your holiday on varied social media platforms. But while you are making your friends jealous with the stunning pictures of your holiday, mind it you are also revealing the important information to the burglars that you are away from home.
You can keep the burglars at bay, all you need is to refrain from posting the details of your holiday on social media sites. You can share all the pictures and videos once you are back from your holiday. If you still cannot resist sharing the photos and videos, then you can remove the geotags from all your social media posts using a metadata removing tool. Most importantly when you share the pictures with your friends make sure you have switched to private or Friends only.
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Keep the spare key at a safe place
If you have been keeping the spare key hidden under the mat or may be attached to a mailbox, then make sure you have taken them out and stored somewhere else safely. If the thieves get to know you are away, then they will take their time in searching for the spare keys everywhere at the house.
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Alert your alarm company
Make sure you have called your alarm company, well in advance, and informed them that you will be away on a holiday. This way you can get your security alarm checked whether they are working fine, if they are not it can be repaired well in advance. Before leaving your home, ensure that all the alarms are set and should be working.
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Hand over a spare key to your friend
You can give a spare key to one of your friends or your neighbours so that they can check in at your home twice daily, both morning and evening and make sure everything is fine. They can also check whether all the doors are properly locked. You can give them a way in which they can contact you and inform you that everything is fine back at home.
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Unplug electrical appliances
In order to avoid any electrical fire or power surges, make sure you have unplugged all the electrical appliances such as fridge, television, lamps, and coffee makers. Lastly, make sure before leaving you have checked your smoke alarms and they are in functional order.
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