How to Secure Your Home While You Are Away

As a career woman, chances are there will durations during which you are not at home due to work assignments or vacation. Even if you are a work-at-home mom there will be times when you have to leave the house for social functions, holidays and to get some supplies.

While a doorbell helps control the access into your house when you are there, most of them, even the wireless door bells that can be upgraded into a full home security system with motion sensors – see Wireless Doorbell Reviews for more – needs some reinforcement when it comes to unauthorized access when you are not at home. The best they can do is trigger the alarm.

 

Nonetheless, you need to keep your home and property secure even while you are away for a short period of time.

There is therefore the need to secure your home while you are away. Follow the tips below to keep your house safe while you are away. Here ways to protect your home while away.

Lock the house and carry the key

It’s surprising the number of people who forget to lock the house when leaving. Some even intentionally leave the doors open especially when going to run errands that may take a few hours.

This is dangerous since thieves may take advantage of the easy entry you have accorded them to quickly steal your valuables and leave before you return. The alarm system won’t even go off.

Secure all the doors and windows to your house when leaving, even if it’s for a few hours. If you will be away for a long duration then consider getting a pickproof padlock and reinforce the entry points into your house.

More importantly, don’t hide your spare keys outside the house. Underneath a rock or the mail box are not secure places to leave your keys.

If someone will need to access the house while you are away, give them a spare key or leave it with a trusted neighbour.

Know your neighbours

Know your neighbours and have a good rapport with them. If they are trustworthy, let them know you will be away for a certain period of time and request them to watch over your house during your absence.

They will keep an eye over your property and notify you and/or the police should the notice suspicious activity or persons near your house.

Also, if you can, have some stay in your house while you are away.  An occupied house acts as deterrence to most opportunistic burglars.

Don’t advertise your absence

If you must share your vacation pictures on social media then do so after you return. Sharing your travel plans and holiday pics notifies people of your absence and criminals may take advantage of this to raid your home.

Install a home security system

Clear any bushes and shrubs inside and around your home where burglars may hide. It is also important that your home is well lit with CCTV cameras installed to monitor and record any happenings outside your house and an alarm system to alert you and the security agencies in case of a break in.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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