Protect Your Home While Away
Burglaries happen quite often when families are away from the home for some time. This is a common occurrence because the necessary preventions are not taken before homeowners depart on their trips. Most burglaries are preventable. Usually, all that was needed to protect the home was a proper security system. In some cases all that is needed is just the "illusion" that someone is occupying the home.
1. Hide the hidden key
Many people keep a spare key hidden in a potted plant or under the doormat in the event of an emergency. Sometimes when traveling they forget to hide the hidden key. When away give this key to a trusted neighbor or friend. They can use this copy of the key to water your plants or look after your pets. If a burglar happens to know that you are traveling the first place they will look is in these obvious places.
2. Create an illusion
Sometimes all you need to protect your home is an illusion. You can create this illusion by installing fake security cameras. This communicates the perfect message--"Don' even try burglarizing this home, you wont succeed" A potential burglar has no way of knowing if the cameras are real or fake. Use this to your advantage. Another way to achieve this is by having a neighbor discretely collect your mail so it does not pile up. Piling mail or newspapers is the perfect indication that a homeowner is away from the home.
3. Keep it quiet
Do not announce your dates of travel on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site. Doing so places you in danger. When people have knowledge of your departure they may take advantage of your absence. Keep this information on a need to know basis. Alert your boss, parents, or close friends. Sharing this information with the wrong person might lead to a break in.
4. Call your security company
Be sure to alert your security company of your absence. If they know you are away and your security system is triggered they can take the threat more seriously. Always lock all doors, windows, and set the system before you leave. If you do not already have a system installed consider doing so. A security system not only offers homeowners peace of mind, it also does an excellent job of securing your home. It is not necessary to shell out tons of cash on a top of the line system. You can conduct research and find an affordable system that properly does the job.
These preventive measures are simple and require very little effort. Vacations and business trips should not leave you feeling anxious. There are many other things to worry about while traveling, the security of your home should not be one of them.
If you have been the victim of a burglary, feel free to contact us at Colley and Colley.