Sunday, August 30, 2015
How To Make It Look Like You Are Home When You Are Out Of Town
One of the most frightening things when you go out of town can be the fact that no one is home to look after your house. Even if your neighborhood has no precedence of break-ins - and even if you have never dealt with a break-in before - this can still be disconcerting. But even though there are things you will be unable to do when you are out of town, there is also one big thing you can do: make it look like someone is still home! After all, your house is far less likely to be broken into if it looks like someone is there. One of the best things for you to do, in order to make it look like someone is there, is to have someone come by and get the mail. After all, a mailbox that has mail spilling out of it is an obvious statement that no one has been home for a while! Also, make sure someone grabs your newspaper if you get this delivered - and if your neighborhood has a community newspaper that gets tossed on the lawn, make sure someone grabs this as well. You also should move your cars to your driveway or to the street in front of your house. This will not work if you have only one car and are taking a road trip with it or are parking at the airport, but if you are getting a ride to the airport or if you have multiple cars, it is better to park them where they can be seen than to park them in the garage and leave an empty driveway! Of course, another thing that is a big deal is lights, as it looks like someone is home when lights inside the house are turned on. If you have any lamps in your house, put these on timers that will turn them off and on every few hours. You should stagger the times during which these lights are turned on, and you should make sure one is always left on at nighttime. You can also make intruders feel uncomfortable approaching your house even when you are out of town by putting your front porch light on a timer and by having motion-sensor lights outside. It is easy to simply say, "It will never happen to me," but too many people do this and are wrong; it takes hardly any extra work to take small steps that will protect your house, and the payoff can be huge.