Whether you like to take long weekend trips to nearby locations or go on longer international adventures, travel is a high priority for many people. But while you're away, your empty home can attract unwelcome attention. Here are a few ways you can protect your home while you travel:
Make it look like someone is home
One of the most effective ways to deter burglars is to make it appear like someone is home. Leave on a light or two or set up timers for lights, or use a smart home system to control lights, TVs and appliances.
Ask someone to check on your home
Friends and neighbors are a useful resource for protecting your home while you're away. They can collect your mail, water your plants and report any suspicious activity to the police. If you have a pet, you may want to hire a pet sitter to visit once or twice a day. Or consider a trusted house sitter if you're gone for an extended time.
Secure doors and windows
Make sure all your doors and windows are locked before you leave. Consider installing deadbolts or other security devices if you haven't already.
Don't advertise your time away
Avoid announcing your travel plans on social media. The internet isn't as private as it should be, and would-be thieves can use this information to case homes in the area.
Invest in a home security system
A home security system can alert you and the authorities in case of a break-in or other emergency. And there are so many options available today, including simple systems that your smartphone can control.
Enjoy your adventures while knowing that your home is protected.