Home Safety – How to Keep Your Home Secure While You Travel

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Home security is big business these days as most people have lots of expensive items (such as laptops, TVs, stereos, etc) in their homes that are worth a lot of money.

Whenever you go traveling or on holiday and you leave your home unattended you’re increasing the chances of your home being burgled.

No-one wants to come home to find their home has been broken into and half of their stuff is missing, so what can you do to increase home security while you’re away?

Here are some great tips to help you improve your home security while you travel:

1. Tell Your Neighbours You’re Going Away

Telling your next-door neighbours that you’re going traveling is a good idea (as long as you have a fairly good relationship with them) as they can keep an eye on your home for you while you’re gone.

Make sure to give them a phone number or an email address that they can reach you at, so that they can contact you if anything seems suspicious.


2. Get a House-Sitter

A house-sitter is someone that will look after your house for you while you’re away. Unlike your neighbours who will be watching your house from afar, a house sitter will actually go into the house and take care of business (e.g. water the plants, feed the pets, pick up the mail, etc).

More importantly, they’ll provide a physical presence that should deter any lurking burglars from trying their luck.

The ideal house-sitter is usually a family member or a close friend. If this isn’t an option, however, you could always hire someone trustworthy to come and do the job.

3. Stop Newspaper and Milk Deliveries

Having a collection of newspapers and milk bottles piling up outside your front door is a tell-tale sign that no-one is home, and will attract the attention of any local thieves in the area.

Contact whoever supplies your newspapers/milk and ask them to stop the supply until you get back.

In addition to this, if you don’t have a house-sitter you can go to your local post office and ask them to hold all of your mail until you return from your trip.

This is especially important if your mail is posted through the letter box on your front door, as thieves will often look through letter boxes to see if anyone’s collecting the mail or not.

4. Don’t Leave Your Bins Out

Make sure to take your dustbin/trashcan in before you go away, as leaving an empty bin out is another sign that no-one is home.

5. Take Out an Insurance Policy (if You Haven’t Already)

Although you want to try and prevent ever getting burgled, it’s a good idea to have a home insurance policy that will cover you just in case.

Every home insurance policy is different, so make sure you read the terms and conditions thoroughly (so that you know what you’re covered for and what you aren’t).

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6. Install a Security System

Having a security system installed that works with motion sensors (or something similar) is a great idea if you don’t have one already.

These security systems can detect intruders and alert the police in the event of a break in, so naturally the sight of a security system will deter any thieves.

By following these tips you’ll go a long way to safely securing your home. Home security is important and should never be overlooked, if only just to give you peace of mind while you’re away.

If you’ve anymore advice about securing your home while you travel, feel free to leave a comment below!

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