Keeping Your Charleston Home Safe When You Travel
Keeping Your Charleston Home Safe When You Travel. Warmer weather is right around the corner, and if you’re like millions of Americans, you may be celebrating its arrival with a vacation during spring break. But before you pack up and head out, make sure you aren’t neglecting security of the home that you’re leaving behind.
Keep your traveling under wraps.
While you may want to share your exciting travel plans, it’s best to keep that news offline. Posting information about the date and destination of your trip on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter makes you an easy target for potential burglars.
It’s also important to be conscious of your social media activity while you’re gone. Avoid sharing your whereabouts via various location-based social networking websites such as Facebook. As tempting as it is to share a picture with friends, wait to post photos from your trip until you return home.
Deny easy access to your belongings.
Research shows that burglars usually spend no more than 60 seconds breaking into a home. Using locks on windows and doors is one of the most basic ways to increase the break-in time, which may cause burglars to look elsewhere. It is estimated that nearly one-third of all burglars enter through the front door, so install deadbolt locks for added security. Also consider using motion-sensor lights in the dark areas outside of your home, such as your garage or backyard.
Manage the risk by enlisting help.
Inform trusted Neighbours, friends and family of your vacation plans and ask them to keep an eye on your property. Tell them how long you will be gone, as well as names and descriptions of anyone who may need access to your house. Always leave a house key and a phone number where you can be reached with a trusted individual.
Avoid accidentally triggering your alarm by making sure anyone who will have access to your home knows how to properly operate your alarm system. If you will be taking an extended vacation, consider a house sitter and let your local police know when you will be away.
After considering this list and making whatever changes necessary don't forget to enjoy Spring!
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