Securing Your House When You Are Out

Nov 7, 2013 by

On this blog we’ve discussed how to protect yourself and your home when the SHTF.  However, what happens when things are just starting to deteriorate and you still need to leave your home for supplies/work/family?  

The post below outlines some quick tips to consider which are more along the lines of building that community with your neighbors.   

Securing Your House While You’re Out of Town

Securing your home

Taking a weekend getaway or going on vacation should be a fun time for any individual, couple, or family. Yet, being away from home can cause stress due to intruder worries.



Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you can keep your property and home safe from people that mean you harm.

Install a Security System

One of the very best ways to secure your home and property while you are in and out of town is to invest in a quality home security system. Luckily, there are many different kinds of systems available to get the job done, and you can find providers by scanning through the websites of the top home security companies.

When choosing a security system, make sure to do your homework beforehand to discover the best system and rates for your needs. It is also important to take even more special care when choosing your system if you have pets in the household.

Luckily, there are pet-immune systems available to give pet owners peace of mind as well.

Consider Leaving the Lights On

Intruders target houses that look like they are empty. To fool intruders, it is helpful to leave your lights on while you away. However, since leaving lights on all of the time is bad for your electricity bill and the environment, you may want to invest in a timer.

When installing outdoor lights to deter intruders, where you place the units is very important. To prevent anyone from sneaking in, you should ensure that lights are located near entrances, windows, and fences.

If floodlights are part of your security system, it is very important that you keep the sensors far enough away to avoid false triggers. For example, the heat from lightbulbs can potentially cause false alarms. Keeping the sensors too low to the ground can also trigger false alarms from animals.

Speak With Your Neighbors

To ensure that your home is protected even more, it is beneficial to speak with your neighbors. If you are on good terms with your neighbors, you can ask them to take in your mail for you so that intruders do not discover that you are not home.

If you have pets, you can even ask if a neighbor can check on them while you are away.

If you give a neighbor access to the house, be sure to go over the security system features with them. It is very important that you teach your neighbor how to properly arm and disarm the system.

You also need to provide them with the access code and teach them what to do if a false alarm is triggered. You should additionally let your security system company know about your absence and that someone else will be tending to the house to avoid false alarms as well.

Protecting your home while you are away is a must. Fortunately, with these tips, you can accomplish what you need while you are away from your home and feel a bit more confident that your home is safe.

Jessica Watts is a security expert and has been consulting for home security for multiple top home security companies. When she has time off she loves to read books and write for multiple home improvement blogs.

As you prep your home for being away, be sure to check our Daily Survival Deals – updated twice per week.

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