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Travel Plans? Here’s How to Improve Your Home Security

| Avery Simon |

Your home should be a refuge – a sanctuary where you can feel safe, comfortable, and secure. It’s likely the biggest investment you will ever make, and it’s the place where your loved ones are and your most treasured possessions lie. It’s no wonder, then, why people place such a high value on home security. It’s critical when you are at home but home security is even more vital while you’re away. You don’t necessarily need the fanciest system around: There are some simple things you can do to keep unwanted people off your property.  

Have Good Lighting

A dark house and dark property tell would-be burglars and prowlers that no one is home; that is precisely what suspicious people want to see. A home invader is much less likely to break into your place if it appears people are there. Having a properly lit home is a great way to say “stay away!” Make sure you leave porch lights on when you’re gone. It’s also a good idea to leave a couple of house lights on. Even better, put your lights on a timer to come on at various times. Switching up the timing of these lights on different days will make people think people are inside. 

Upgrade the Locks

Believe it or not, there are people who still leave their doors unlocked when they’re away from home. Locking the door is a no-brainer. Make sure you have a reliable deadbolt. It may be time to look into purchasing a new locking system, such as a smart option that locks automatically when you shut the door. Some systems even allow you to lock the doors from your smartphone while you’re gone. 

Manicure Your Flowerbeds and Walkways

Bushes, shrubs, plants, and trees can beautify your yard. These elements add charm and appeal to your property, but unfortunately, they also provide nice places for burglars to hide. Trimming your shrubbery will give people less cover and make them think twice about trying to break in. Invaders know that they often have precious seconds to get into a home through a window or door. They often do this while using plants or shrubs for concealment. 

Install Security Cameras

Thanks to technology, you can keep a close eye on your home when you’re not there. Smart security systems allow you to watch a live feed of your property from your laptop or even from your smartphone while you are on the go. Their presence will also tell folks that you’re watching them. 

Have a Dog, or Pretend You Do

In some cases, having a dog on the premises can be as effective as any home security measure. An intimidating-looking, energetic dog who’s protecting their territory can scare off any criminal activity. If you have a dog, a burglar is likely to move on to the next place. Potential invaders don’t even need to see the dog to chicken out; simply putting a Beware of Dog sign on your fence or house just might be enough to send the person away. 

Don’t Tell the World You’re Leaving

Social media has made the world much smaller, and you can spread news in seconds with a single Facebook or Instagram post. If you’re headed out on vacation or on a business trip, don’t advertise it on these platforms. You never know who’s going to see a perfect opportunity to get into your vacant home. Wait until you get home to post pictures of your excursion. 

Don’t take any chances on home security when you’re away. These ideas could save you a lot of stress and grief.

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