Going away for a while usually means you’re about to travel and explore new places instead of spending every single day at your home.
However, going away also means jeopardising your home, leaving it in the hands of thieves and burglars. There’s nothing criminals love more than an empty home, so you need to make sure it’s impenetrable and absolutely safe while you’re away.
While you can do some of the things that prevent break-ins on your own, others require professional assistance and you have to invest some money into them. But, don’t worry: keeping your residence safe doesn’t mean you’ll have to break the bank – it simply means you have to get organised properly. Here are a few ideas how to do so.
The easiest way to ensure maximum security of your house is focusing on the front door. In case you’re living in an older house, the chances are your frames, hinges, locks and knobs are outdated and hence present a perfect way for someone to waltz right into your home.
One of the things you can do on your own is install new doorknobs and locks that are much safer than the older models. This won’t take too much of your time and you don’t have to be especially skilled to do so, but your front door will be much safer with new knobs and locks.
A new front door
If you’re still unsure whether new doorknobs will do the trick, don’t beat yourself up – installing a new front door will solve all your problems and probably make you feel much better about your home safety. Nevertheless, since there are lots of models on the market, you need to make sure you’ve picked the right one and got your money’s worth.
That’s why so many people opt for reliable and stable aluminium doors that don’t cost as much as wooden doors, yet are sturdier and more stable than lots of other models. This way, you’ll also get a psychological advantage over the thieves – very few of them will try to break into a house with such a front door, so you’ll be quite safe.
A surveillance system
This is another great way to stay safe, but it can be quite expensive and some people complain about the effectiveness of certain models. Namely, a surveillance system and alarms will let you know if there’s someone entering your home and even capture them on tape, which is valuable when it comes to police investigation, but it sometimes can’t physically prevent anyone from actually entering your place.
That’s why a simple surveillance system just isn’t enough in this day and age, so you need to invest a bit more money into a high-quality one. If it gives off a silent alarm or notifies a security company, a team of experts can come to your house quickly and catch the thieves red-handed.
Sometimes, relying on simple solutions is the best way to go, and keeping your home safe is no different. You should definitely get new doors and knobs, but what if you can’t afford a costly surveillance system? Some of the things that are basically free yet highly effective are:
- making sure everything’s locked up,
- notifying reliable neighbors that you’re out of town and asking them to keep an eye on your home,
- asking your friends to stop by from time to time, just to make sure everything’s in order,
- getting a dog or two and asking the neighbors to feed them,
- cancelling your mail and newspapers subscription so that the thieves don’t see it piling up your driveway,
- asking someone to mow your lawn or clean the snow,
- installing timers on your lights and even on your TV, and
- making it look like you’re there – if the kid from Home Alone did it, so can you!
Things to avoid
With the crime rate constantly going through the roof, it’s easy to become paranoid and wonder what might happen while you’re not at home. Nevertheless, you don’t have to be too paranoid to be alert, but just keep in mind that there are a few things you might want to avoid before going away for a while.
Some of these are:
- advertising your absence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media,
- posting pictures from your trip,
- letting too many people know you’re away,
- leaving your key on the front porch or other visible location,
- forgetting to lock up,
- leaving the lights on all the time (burglars know this is a sign of an unoccupied home), and
- not protecting your tool shed and garage.
After improving your home’s security and making sure you’ve contacted trustworthy professionals, all you need to do is relax, enjoy your trip and don’t worry whether something’s going to happen or not.
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