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Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re Away

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Do you love to travel? If so, then you’re probably always on the go, exploring new places and experiencing different cultures. You may even be reading this on your phone while on a plane or a rickshaw somewhere. But what about your home? When you’re jet-setting around the world, who’s looking after your house?

Keep reading if you want some tips on how to keep your home safe while you’re away. Whether you’re planning your next trip or just getting back from one, find out how to make sure your home is in good hands while you’re gone.

Traveling is for Everyone

According to a study by Peter Greenberg, Americans on average went on four trips in 2019 and spent around $6,500. That’s a lot of money! And it’s not just the wealthy who are spending it; despite American travelers who have an annual household income of less than $50,000 being affected by inflation, they have opted to simply adjust their plans than forego traveling altogether. In other words, travel is for everyone.

What Things Do You Need to Know About Burglaries?

Unfortunately, anyone can be a victim of burglary, too. Data shows that households with less than a $7,500 annual income are more likely to be burgled, but this can be attributed to location, not income. Most property crime occurs in urban areas, and there is a higher concentration of low-income households in most urban areas.

Most people would think that most crime happens at night, when it’s hardest to see people doing it— and they would be wrong. According to research, most crime happens in broad daylight, from 10 AM to 3 PM. The time of burglaries might not seem like it should matter much to you if you’re sipping mojitos at a beach thousands of miles away, but it might help you decide what kind of security arrangements you’ll make for your home’s safety.

Burglaries happen every 30 seconds in the US, too, according to the latest statistics from the FBI. Just count how many 30-second intervals there are in your two-week vacation—spoiler alert: there are 40,320. Who knows if your house is next?

A burglar with a ski mask, gloves, and a gun peeks through a house window to see if someone is inside

How to Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

There are still plenty of ways to secure your home while you are away. First is to take some precautions when you’re going on vacation, especially if you’re leaving your home unoccupied for an extended period of time. One way to do this is to make it harder for burglars to enter your home. This includes having multiple locks on your doors, keeping windows and curtains closed, and having a tall fence installed around your property. These measures may not be 100% effective in preventing burglaries, but they can deter potential thieves from trying to break into your home.

Another way is by house-sitting. This is when you ask someone to stay in your home while you are away on vacation and take care of your pets or plants. If you have someone you trust house-sit for you, you can go on a vacation without less worry for your pets or property. They may be unable to keep determined burglars out, but at the very least, the fact that someone is in your house discourages would-be thieves from trying.

If house-sitting isn’t for you, a third option is to use an automated routine on your AI assistant or smart gadgets (like smart lightbulbs, smart sockets, smart doorbells, and smart TVs) to create the illusion of occupancy. This can be done by setting your lights to turn on and off at certain times or having your TV turn on when someone approaches your door. This will make it look like someone is home even when they’re not, deterring potential burglars from breaking in.

Finally, one of the best ways to keep your home safe while you’re away is by having an alarm system installed by a security provider. If you are willing to spend money on security, you should partner with a security service agency that can install a complete security system and provide patrols or checkups at your home. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your home is protected even when you’re not there. And if someone does break in, the alarm will sound, alerting the authorities and scaring off the intruder.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it — a few tips on how to keep your home safe while you’re away traveling the world (or even just taking a weekend getaway). House-sitting, using an automated routine, and having a security system are all great ways to protect your property while you’re gone. So next time you’re planning a trip, remember these tips and enjoy your travels knowing that your home is in good hands.

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