Traveling away for some time is a good way to unwind, but your home may be susceptible to burglary and theft while you are away. You need the peace of mind wherever you are in the world that your house is secured for you to truly enjoy your travel time as nothing could be more disappointing than returning to find your most valuable possessions are missing and your property damaged.

There is, therefore, the need to secure your home while you are away. Follow the tips below to keep your house safe while you are away.

Lock the house It might seem pretty obvious, but a good number of people forget to secure all the entry points into their houses. Locking the house is the simplest way of protecting your house while on vacation. Lock all the windows and doors to your house properly. This keeps away opportunistic thieves who may take advantage of your laxity to gain easy entry into your house while you away. You should invest in a pickproof and strong padlock and reinforce the doors and windows further with grills to make it more difficult for burglars to break in.

Find someone to look over the house Ideally, you should find someone to stay in the house while you are away. If you can’t find someone to stay in while you are away, then have your neighbor look over your house.

It is for this reason why it is important to know your neighbors and have a good relationship with them. Your neighbors are more likely to watch over your house and report to the local police should they notice peculiar happenings in your house if you have a good relationship with them and you inform them that you’ll be away for a while.

It is important to know the characters of your neighbors well before you give them such important information. The same due diligence should be applied to the people you invite into your home.

Invest in a security system Install security lights around your house and if possible, talk to your neighbors to have the whole neighborhood well lit. Criminals take advantage of dimly lit areas to hide. Then install a home security alarm system that you should confirm its working condition before you leave for your trip. The security system should have motion and presence sensors to detect any intruders.

You can go one step further and install CCTV cameras around your house and even a nanny camera inside the house so that just in case everything fails, you can still monitor the goings-on, if any, inside your house. You can find reviews of the best camera for every budget online at sites such as max nash.

Keep your valuables away Do not keep your valuable possessions in an open place where they are likely to attract attention. Do not place them in plain sight where everyone can see them. If you can afford to, consider buying a secure safe and lock up all your expensive items like jewelry and crucial documents in there.


Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.