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Safe and Sound: 4 Tips to Keep Your Home Secure While You’re Traveling This Summer

If you plan on traveling this summer, then you need to start thinking about making your home as secure as possible. With a few simple upgrades and a little bit of foresight, you will be able to deter most criminals while you are away from your home.

Invest in a Monitored Security System

One of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of becoming a burglary victim is to invest in a monitored security system. A recent study revealed that homes without security systems are three times more likely to be robbed. Installing a security system is a relatively simple process, and many companies offer free trial periods for their monitoring services. You should also put a security system placard in a visible location so that criminals know your home is being monitored.

Upgrade Your Entryways

In order to get into your home, burglars must go through one of the doors or windows. That is why you should spend some time upgrading or reinforcing all of those potential entryways. For the windows, you can install glass break sensors and some type of reinforced panes. You might also want to install a new garage door if the current door is more than a decade or two old. Outdated garage doors tend to be very weak, and criminals can get past them in moments.

Make Your Home Look Lived In

Many break-ins are crimes of opportunity, and most criminals won’t enter a home if they believe that it is occupied. Before your next trip, you might want to put all of your lights on timers so that they turn off and on throughout the day. Many security experts also suggest that you leave a vehicle in the driveway so that it looks like someone is home. If you are going on a longer trip, then you should put a hold on your mail as well.

Speak with Your Neighbors

When it comes to making your home more secure, your neighbors are going to be an invaluable asset. While you are away, you can ask your neighbors to occasionally check in on your home and report any suspicious individuals. Having multiple people look after your home will discourage most criminals, and this simple tip won’t cost you any money.

No matter what steps you take to protect your home, you can never make it completely impervious to criminals. If your home is broken into, then you must contact your insurance provider right away to file a claim. Most home insurance policies cover theft, and your provider will be able to help you get back on your feet.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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