Although our Minnesota weather may indicate otherwise, the calendar says it is summer—time to go on vacation (hopefully to somewhere warm and sunny!). You most likely know the basic steps you should take to protect your home from intruders, i.e., arranging for mail and papers to be held until you return, removing the spare key from under the door mat, locking all doors and windows, leaving a radio or television on, and having neighbors park in your driveway, but there are other, lesser known tips you may want to heed before going off and leaving your home alone.
- Don’t invite break-ins:
- Move valuables out of the line of sight. Keep expensive items out of view from windows.
Leave blinds and curtains in normal daytime positions.
- Resist the urge to broadcast your upcoming absence on social media
- Don’t give burglars the tools to break into your house. Put ladders and crow bars (and anything else an intruder could use to break into your “alone” home) inside a locked shed.
- Trim shrubs in front of the house to no higher than 3 feet from the ground, and trim trees so that the lowest branches are at least 6 feet up (less hiding room for burglars).
- Take advantage of electronics:
- Put a timer on the TV as well as the lights. Nothing says you’re home like the flickering lights of a TV. If you can find timers which are controlled by an app on your cell phone, that would be the best option
- Connect some outside and inside lights to motion sensors.
- Install a fake security camera on the outside of your home. Amazon.com sells a dummy camera for about $10. Put it up high so it’s harder to tell it’s fake.
- Disconnect your electric garage door opener.
- Turn down the phone's ringer. Unanswered ringing phones alert savvy intruders to your home’s “aloneness.”
- Employ other thwarting tactics:
- If your garage door can be opened manually, put a lock on it and/or click here for other garage security tricks.
- Seal any pet doors to prevent very thin burglars from sliding through.
Feeling more secure and ready to roll away from your ”home alone”? If not, you might consider finding a reliable house sitter to put your mind at ease.
In any event, rest, relax, and enjoy!!!!