If you plan on being away from your home from an extended period of time, here are some tips you should consider to keep your home safe.
Keep up regular home maintenance. Overgrown lawns or driveways full of snow are giveaways that the homeowner isn’t at home. If a potential thief is staking out houses, they will notice these things.
Hold your mail and newspapers. Stuffed mailboxes and yellowing newspapers are dead giveaways that you aren’t home. Have someone bring in the paper and mail or cancel these services.
Don’t leave a hide-a-key. Thieves will always look for a hidden key and they will find it. Give your spare key to the person who is minding your home.
Install an outdoor sensor light. Lights that are on 24 hrs. a day alert potential thieves that you are away. Motion-sensor lights can be useful year-round for general home security and are often equipped with technology to have them turn off and on at certain times.
Indoor lights. Set up a few timers for your indoor lights as this gives the impression that someone is home.
Avoid social media. Avoid posting pictures from your vacation while you are still away. Many thieves learn about potential victims through social media when posts indicate that they are away for the duration. Post your pictures when you return home.
Unplug non-essential appliances. Before you leave, unplug the appliances in your home such as the stereo, coffeemaker, your microwave and lamps that you won’t leave on. This protects your home in the event of a power surge or an electrical fire. This is also an energy efficient way to reduce your electrical consumption while you are away.
Check your pipes. During cold weather, make sure your pipes are well insulated. Frozen pipes can cause significant damage to your home. Have your HomeMinding person test the faucets while your’re away.