When you’re trying to protect your family and possessions from the unknown, why stop at a home security system? You deserve total comfort and peace of mind, so here’s a few home security hacks so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t thought of them before!
Leave the TV on
Burglars want a home they can get in and out of without being noticed. If you're gone, their job gets a whole lot easier. So what do you do—cancel your plans and stay at home? Rather than resort to desperate measures, give your home the appearance of someone being there. Leaving on the TV can fool criminals into thinking you're home. Leave the TV on at a normal volume, and perhaps a bedroom or hallway light, too.
Stay Off Social Media
Social media is a lot of fun, but if you have big plans, advertising them on Facebook or Twitter could simply be setting yourself up for some unpleasant visitors. Don't post photos until you've arrived back home, and never let anyone know that your home is unoccupied—unless you’re asking a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out in your absence.
Enhance Your Security
A traditional home security system is no longer enough. Today, many improvements in home security create phenomenal “smart” systems that allow you to monitor your home while you are away, via your smartphone. Security camera feeds can also be accessed over the Internet, enabling you to keep an eye on your home from virtually anywhere in the world.
Of course, this many might be excessive.
Keep the Door Closed
Whether it’s a magazine salesman at the door or a mother with a broken-down vehicle, keep your door closed when a stranger knocks. Some thieves try to evaluate a home for robbery by knocking on the door first, so if you choose to answer the door, politely ask them to step back while you open it, and then stand in their way so they can’t peek inside. If they claim to be a service person from the utility company or hired by the landlord, verify with the company before allowing them into your home.
Take Care of Your Mail
An overflowing mailbox or a pile of newspapers is a dead giveaway that you’re not home. Mail forwarding services are available if you'd like to collect your mail while away on extended trips. Neighbors, friends, and family can also collect mail, and don’t forget to pause newspaper deliveries.
This can be a dead giveaway that you’re not home.
Complete home security becomes simple when you know and use the right precautions. With the above tips, you’ll be sure to sleep more soundly at night—at home or abroad.