The kids are out of school and the days are getting longer. No it's
not a nightmare. It's summertime! It is a time for sunburns,
mosquitoes and a well-deserved vacation. Before you decide to pack up
the family and head for the beach invest in this checklist to ensure
your house will remain safe even while you are soaking up some rays.
1. Keep Your
Lips Sealed Like Agent Mulder used to say on
"The X-Files" trust no one. Be cautious of who you tell
about your departure. One innocent comment could lead to a disaster.
Don't risk it. It's okay to let a trusted neighbor know when and
where you are going just don't broadcast it to your whole
2. Just In
Time Fake potential burglars into thinking you are
home in a "Home Alone" type of manner. Not as clever as
Macaulay Culkin? Never fear, an electrical timer is here. Hook a
timer up to lights, televisions and radios. This will throw off the
fact that there isn't anyone home. Adjust the timer's setting to your
normal routine. You are a sly fox.
3. The Obvious
Make sure that everything is locked up and secure before heading out
on your summertime excursion. Double check sheds, windows, garage
doors, basement windows and any other opportunistic niche a robber
might get into.
4. Snail Mail
It is also a good idea to get the post office to hold your mail while
you are away. Or let a trusted neighbor collect your mail for you as
well as newspapers.
5. Magic Box
Keep valuables such as jewelry and important documents in a safe
deposit box. You might also consider keeping a video diary of all of
your belongings. This may prove useful in getting your belongings
back if something were to happen to them.
6. Who is it?
An unanswered phone might tip off a prowler that no one is home. Turn
the ringer to the phone off while away and most definitely don't
vocalize your departure on your answering machine message.
Remember that trusted neighbor that you are going to have collect
your mail? Why not get him or her to park in your driveway while you
are away? This gives the house a "lived in" feel.
Motion Keep the curve balls coming with an outdoor
light with a motion sensor. If the light were to come on while
prowling around your house a robber would assume someone is home and
get out of the vicinity ASAP!
9. Oven Ware
Before heading out make sure you cut off your electricity, gas and
water to avoid potential flooding, gas leakage or fire. It sounds a
bit rash but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
10. Sound the
Alarm It might be a good idea to call your home
security company and tip them off about your plans. This way the
company will know where you are and how to reach you if something
does occur. Notify local law enforcement as well so they can keep an
extra eye on your home.
Courtesy of Yahoo!