Protect your home during the trip – Hometown Focus

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Vacation is often a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When relaxing and recharging away from home, the last thing vacationers want to think about is the safety of their home and everything inside.

However, the National Council on Safety and Home Security and Statistics Canada estimates that more than two million burglaries occur in the United States and Canada each year. This underlines the importance of protecting your home at all times, including when you are not there. • Create the impression that someone is at home. Just because you’re heading into unknown parts doesn’t mean you can’t create the impression that life is going on as normal within the walls of your home.

Smart home technology now allows homeowners to set timers on lights and even home electronic devices such as televisions and radios. Homeowners can also ask neighbors to pick up their mail or hold delivery until they return from their trips. Nothing says “nobody home” categorically like an overflowing mailbox.

• Remain silent on social media. It has been admitted that thieves monitor social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter as they try to find homes to burglary. People who are about to go on vacation should avoid sharing this

Social media.

• Stay silent while you are away, too. The silence of social media should continue while you’re on vacation, too. No matter how tempting it is to share photos from a strange site, such posts may attract the attention of all the wrong people.

A recent report from MetLife indicated that 35 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 check in from their social media sites. This can alert criminals that no one is running the fort back home.

• Switching from a traditional lock and key to a safety deposit box. Individuals who travel frequently can take a page from a realtor’s book and switch from the traditional lock and key system to the lock box. Lockboxes require a code to be entered before opening a box containing a key.

Homeowners who want this extra measure of protection don’t even need to put a key inside the lock box, which usually covers a padlock, making it extremely difficult for would-be thieves to pick the padlock.

Before leaving for vacation, individuals can implement various strategies and safety measures to protect their homes and possessions while they are away.

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