Protect Your Home When Traveling

An alarming 34% of burglars enter through the front door, which means you could end up with unwanted guests this holiday season.1 

Here are some tips to keep your home safe even when you’re traveling.

  1. Double-check that all doors and windows are locked. It’s an easy oversight if you’re busy.
  2. Avoid posting messages about upcoming travel on social media. Even though you can trust your friends, news can travel fast and in unexpected ways.
  3. Don’t upload photos of your adventures in real time on social media. If you want to keep your family and close friends up-to-date, create a Facebook or text group where you can privately share.
  4. Turn off location services. Otherwise, even innocuous posts can give away the fact that you’re not home.
  5. Put a few lights and TVs on timers to mimic your normal activities. If possible, vary the times from day-to-day.
  6. Don’t leave holiday gifts or valuables where they can be easily seen through windows. No need to tempt fate!
  7. Invite a trusted neighbor to park their car in your driveway periodically. Ask them to pop in to make sure there aren’t any overflowing toilets, electrical issues or other signs of trouble.
  8. Put your newspaper and mail on hold. Or ask a neighbor to collect them daily.
  9. Keep your landscape trimmed. Overgrown bushes give burglars a place to hide, while an unmowed yard gives the impression that you’re gone. (Similarly, make arrangements for snow to be removed.)
  10. Update your security system information. You may prefer to have a local friend or relative receive alarm calls, rather than delaying response time if you’re contacted first.
  11. Consider upgrading or buying a home automation system. It seems like there’s a new innovation every day, including Ring™ Video Doorbell.2

No one wants to return to a home that’s been robbed. Or worse, interrupt a robbery in progress. Spending a few minutes to evaluate and address potential security gaps can help protect your home.

Wishing you safe and happy travels!

- By Janelle Sabin, Nov 22, 2016