Keeping your Home Safe While You’re Abroad
If you’re leaving your home empty while you travel, you’re running the risk of something happening to it. Whether it’s a burglary or a burst pipe, the best way to ruin an amazing journey is to come home to devastation in your home. However there are ways that you can reduce the risk of calamity striking while you’re away and keeping your home safe while you’re abroad.
Ask a Person You Trust to Help
The best way you can reduce of burglary is to get someone to check up on your house regularly and to keep it in good shape. If you can find someone you trust, perhaps your mum or a good friend, to come by your house every day, or every couple of days to bring the mail in, water any plants, and generally look after it. Better still, get them to move in! A burglar will watch your house for a few days before they decide to break in, so making sure that your home doesn’t look empty is crucial.
Make sure you leave contact details in the case of an emergency, as well as details on where the fuse box is or how to shut off the mains water pipe too.
Careless Talk Costs Lives
It’s unlikely that you telling your friend that you’re off on holiday for a while will result in anyone getting hurt, but being careless with who you tell could cost you precious belongings.
You might not think twice about sharing the fact that you’re leaving the country on social media, but in reality, you don’t know half the people on your Facebook as well as you should. They could be tempted into breaking into your home, because they know you’re not there.
Tell the Right People
If you’re leaving for a long time, it may pay to tell the right people. If you have a neighborhood watch operating in your area, tell them, and they’ll keep a closer eye on your property. However, make sure that you also tell them about the person who is checking up on your home!
There are security alarms available that will contact the police if the alarm is left for a certain period of time. This is perfect for when you’re away, as a security alarm will also act as a deterrent to any burglars scoping out your home.
Removing valuables from your home will make it less likely that anyone will break in. It is often advised to remove any valuables from plain site from the windows, so thieves won’t look in, see valuable items and break in and take it. If you have a lot of valuables, or no where to put them out of site, then storing them may be your best option.
Turn it Off
Unplug everything, from your television to your toaster. This will save energy, money, and will reduce the risk of your appliances burning out or being damaged in power surges.
So whether you’re just going away for a short while or for a whole year, make sure that your home is safe and looked after.