Top 10 Home Safety Tips for Travelers
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
We know. You’re extremely excited about going on vacation but in your excitement don’t neglect safeguarding your home before you leave.
Nothing can spoil a fabulous vacation any faster than news from the home front that your house has been burglarized.
Here are the top 10 gone-on-vacation home safety tips:
10. Load up the safe
Hide your valuables in a safe, secure spot that is not readily found.
Leave your curtains and blinds in their normal position. Don’t pull them down or close them because this will look unusual and out of character if the blinds are generally up and the curtains are open. If someone has been casing the joint he will surely notice the difference. Don’t tip off burglars to your absence.
8. Turn down the phone
Turn down the ring volume on your telephone and set the answering machine so that it picks up after one ring. If someone on the outside hears your phone ringing incessantly this is an indicator that no one is home.
Turn off all electrical appliances and unplug then while you are at it. You don’t want your home burning down while you are lounging in Tahiti.
6. Alert a neighbor
Tell a trusted neighbor that you are going on vacation, so he can keep an eye on your home and property. Give him a key to the house in case there is a reason he needs to get in. Furthermore, give him your phone number so that you can be reached in the event of an emergency.
5. Let the police know
Tell the police department that you are going on vacation and ask them to patrol the area around your home while you are gone. Tell them which lights will be left on and which cars will be parked at your house if any.
4. Lock up
Make sure that all of your doors and windows are locked and secured. Dead bolt the doors if possible. Don’t make it easy for intruders to get into your house.
Put several lights on timers so that they come on and go off at certain times of the day or night. If you have an alarm system set it, of course. Consider leaving a television on. This projects a bluish light which, when seen from outside, indicates that someone is watching TV, which suggests that someone is home. Turn your outside lights on.
2. Stop mail
Stop mail delivery and newspaper delivery. There is no bigger dead giveaway to burglars and robbers that a residence is empty than a stack of newspapers on the front porch and mail that is overflowing from the mail box.
1. House sitter
Get a house sitter if you can so that someone remains in the home while you are gone. This is the ideal way to safeguard your home and property while you are on vacation.