Summertime is a very big time of year for vacations. The last thing on
people's minds when they are vacationing on a cruise ship, an island, a beach or
wherever your travels take you, is what is going on at home. Well, you should at
least take care of your home before you leave to prevent a bad situation to come
home to. For anybody who has had their house robbed they know that it is not a
pleasant thing. Trust me, I have been there. So, in lieu of the situation I want
to pass along some tips that everyone should follow to safeguard from some
potential disasters. One of the times your home is most vulnerable is when it is
left empty for an extended period of time. Darkened windows, un-retrieved mail or
newspapers and closed windows in hotter weather all advertise an empty house to
a potential burglar. Here are a couple of ideas to consider.
1. Have a house sitter. A friend or family member who you trust to stay at your
house while you are gone is a great way to fool burglars.
2. If you can't get a house sitter then have a neighbor check on your apartment
or home while you are gone. Have them turn on some lights or the tv and radio to
give the illusion of life.
3. Keep a radio or tv on a timer if nothing else fails. TV noise would
immediately give the illusion of somebody being home.
4. A BIG MUST---Make sure whomever is watching your home knows how to work all
the alarms in the house and knows the code to turn it on or off. They should
also know who to call in case of a problem.
5. Unless there is going to be a house sitter, you must have your mail stopped.
Even if it is for a couple of days. A stack of mail is a dead giveaway to a
burglar. Also have a neighbor keep an eye out for packages that may be delivered
too. Have them pick them up and hold them for you.
6. Make sure you have your garden and plants watered to make it seem like there
is some kind of life. Especially if your garden is usually spectacular.
7. Apartment users---Check your lease. Many landlords require that you notify
them if your apartment is going to be left empty for any period of time. This is
so they can enter in case of an emergency. With a house sitter this is not
This is just a few tips to get your through the summer and enjoy it.
Enjoy your vacations,
About the Author:
Adam Walls is the owner of 919 Security, an online self defense products store
that specializes in self defense products, home safety products, and much more. http://www.919security.com
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