12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 6: Home Safety Tips While Traveling

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 6: Home Safety Tips While Traveling

Many of us know that traveling can be a major part of the holiday season. If you are going to be away during the holidays, here are some Home Safety Tips While Traveling that might be helpful for making sure your home is safe and sound while you are away.

-If you have a family member, close friend, or neighbor that you can trust, ask them to keep an eye on your house, and drive by daily. When possible, leave them a key and ask them to check on the interior of the house while you are gone, especially if you are worried about things like a frozen/broken water pipe. Make sure they know how to get in touch with you if there is a problem or an emergency. Something as simple as a text message can help you relax knowing that all is well at home.

-Have a family member, close friend, or neighbor pick up your mail or newspaper daily, as well as receive any packages while you are away.

-Be very careful who you tell about your travel plans before you leave. Don’t post to Facebook or Twitter that you will be gone for a week. That is like an open invitation to thieves to come and help themselves to your belongings. Be careful about others that you tell… including the newspaper delivery. We have seen more than one ring of thieves who got information from newspaper or mail stoppages. I am not suggesting that you be paranoid, but just to use discretion about sharing with others that your house will be empty.

-Do you have a spare key hidden somewhere outside your home? If so, remove it before you travel. Experienced thieves are really skilled at looking for and finding those keys. Make sure all your windows are locked, even the upstairs or out of the way windows. Thieves have time to get to an inconvenient window while you are away. Always remember to set your alarm system, so that even if a thief gets in, the amount of time they will remain in your home will be limited. They want to get out of their before the police show up.

-Lights… timer… action! Just leaving a light on is not a great plan. If the interior of your home is lit up 24 hours a day, that is an obvious tip-off to a thief. Buy a timer that you can plug a lamp into, and set it to come on and go off at typical intervals when you would normally be home and have the lights on.

-For your expensive electronics such as televisions, computers, and stereos, you should always have those plugged in to a surge protector. Flip the switch off on those or unplug them from the wall outlet before you leave on an extended trip, so that if there are power surges you don’t have any fried electronics to return to. Of course, if you have a DVR with timers set, that might not work for you. You can always unplug individual electronics as well.

-Try to make your home look the same way it normally does on the outside. Don’t move all the potted plants, or take in items that are normally sitting out.

Have a wonderful time traveling during the holidays. Make sure you make the appropriate preparations before you leave so that there are not any unexpected surprises when you return!

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Keith Owens is the owner and founder of Owens Investigations.

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