Keep the Intruders Out

Just a few tips to keep your valuables safe.

You've packed up your luggage and booked your itinerary, however once you board the airplane, take the opportunity to guard your home while you're on holiday. July and August are very popular holiday months, and perhaps not surprisingly, they're also the weeks when home burglaries summit.

To fully enjoy your trip, plan appropriately with these tips on how to secure your home while on vacation.

Inside the House

· Set timers on interior Lighting. This goes a very long way in deterring. Don't allow your house to appear as if nobody is home.

· Avoid Electricity surges. You never know if a power surge could happen, so be well prepared. Disconnect TV, your computer, stereo, and other electronic equipment, or make sure they are plugged into a surge protector.

· Don't make telltale updates. Never broadcast where you are on Twitter or even Facebook. Even in the event that you believe it's just your friends or colleagues viewing your online profiles, it's safest to not leave any type of opening for a possible burglar.

· Alert your alarm company. If you have an automatic safety system in place, call your representative, declaring you will be away from home for an elongated period of time. Be sure that the alert is set properly when you leave.

· Save valuables. If you do not already have your jewelry or other valuables in a safe deposit box, then today may be the time to do so. Doing this ensures that you don't leave out anything valuable in plain sight a burglar may be able to see from a window.

· Set the HVAC. Set to lower your heat or air conditioning usage and remember to alter the battery life of the thermostat.

· Shield your Plumbing. Make certain pipes in vulnerable areas such as attics, basements, and crawlspaces are insulated. In unusually cold weather, set your thermostat at 55 degrees or over. Request a neighbor or trusted friend to stop by and check on the home and occasionally turn on the faucets to guarantee the pipes do not freeze.

· It May seem obvious, but double-check just to be sure. Lock all doors and windows.

Outside the House

· Arrange for lawn care. Have your landscaping tended to by a friendly neighbor or service that is neighborhood. Before you leave, trimming tree branches which may allow access.

· Stop newspapers and mail. Stop mail and newspaper deliveries, or even possess them frequently picked up by a neighbor. Again, you do not want to readily clue in a burglar into your lack by the mounting papers in your own doorstep.

· Plan some Outside lighting. Set on timers as well, to deter burglars.

· Don't leave spare keys outdoors. Collect any concealed spare keys from all over the outside of your house. Bear in mind, thieves understand the most popular hiding areas, such as underneath mats and in potted plants.

· Lock the garage. Even if there is no entrance to your home by the garage, there is still a chance for many things to be stolen. Secure the doorway and some entrances into the garage.

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