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How To Protect Your Home While You Are Away On Vacation

Aug 17, 2007
Properly securing your home while on vacation, you will be assured of peace in your house when you return. Ideally one of the best ways to protect your home is with a state of the art security system. These are readily available from many companies.

Placing the security firm's signs in your well lighted yard will help make your home less appealing to criminal activity. Many security firms have round the clock monitoring and direct links to the law enforcement agencies.

There are a few other suggestions you should keep in mind to protect your home while you are away. Unfortunately with our busy lives today it may be very difficult to find someone willing and able to stay there while you are on vacation. If you cannot find someone to stay at your home there are other things you can do with a little preparation to keep your home safe. Try to find a close friend or neighbor who can keep an eye on your home for you, reporting any suspicious behavior.

Secondly it is imperative to have a house that still looks occupied. Your friend or neighbor can pick up the mail daily, pick up newspapers daily, and tend to any plants that need care, shovel the sidewalks in the winter and check on your home daily. These things will help to deter a criminal who happens to be looking for a house to burglarize. Putting a motion sensor taping of a dog barking is an effective deterrent. It may also be a good idea to have a neighbor walk up and down your sidewalks and driveways in the winter if you are unable to have them cleared of snow while you are away from home.

A lot of people depend on their neighbors to help keep an eye on their home. If you are comfortable this is generally a great idea. Remember to leave them access to your home with a key. Do not leave a key unattended anywhere!

Another excellent and inexpensive deterrent for criminals are lighting around the exterior of your home as well as changing lights on the interior. The light changes can easily be controlled by set timers or sensors. However it is best to set at varying times instead of using any routine. This will give a sense of someone occupying the premises. Remember to give your neighbor or friend , whoever you depend on to watch your home, a key, that way they can get in and look around and tend to plants, mail, etc.

Above all always notify police of any disturbances as soon as possible when you return from your trip. The number one way however to prevent burglars is to lock your doors!
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as cheap travel packages at http://www.cheaptravelpackagesonline.com
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