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How to tips for Protecting your Home while on Vacation

Updated on March 16, 2010

We all work hard to buy and home of our own, and for most of us it takes us nearly all our lives to pay for it. Then what with the furniture and the odd renovation it takes a lot of work and money and a big investment of our time to have this dream become a reality.  Therefore we do not want anything to destroy that dream home once we have it.

For that reason when we decide to get away from our work and enjoy a relaxing holiday, away from all the stresses of everyday life. It takes a lot of planning and organization before that can happen to protect our home.  In some circumstances if you own your own business it is even more difficult finding a reliable person to manage the business for you.

 

Once the arrangements are made whether you are going away for a week or six weeks it is very important to know that your home will be safe while you are away.  What with so many burglaries and break and enters happening we all need to be very cautious and do as much as possible to make sure we have all bases covered.

Burglar

Protecting your Home where possible

I hope to share a few ideas on how to do just that.

Mail

Notify the post office to hold all mail until you come back. Or have a neighbor collect all mail when they get theirs, that way it will not be advertising that no one is home.

Newspapers

Cancel all deliveries of newspapers, and remember to notify your local delivery newspapers too. Or again ask neighbors to pick up off front lawns. There is nothing worse than seeing newspapers lying on lawn to advertise you are away for the day or any length of time.

Rubbish Bins

Organize for someone to put rubbish bins out and bring in on same day. Never leave rubbish in bins, this rubbish could also encourage blowflies.

Lights

Have a timer fitted so that different lights come on in different rooms on alternate nights. This will make it look like someone is home in the evening.

Vehicles

Ask your neighbors if they would mind parking their cars on your driveway. This will make the burglar think someone is there, although they are very brazen these days it still may help as a determent.

Lawns

Organize someone to mow the lawns while you are away and remove any winter growth of weeds.

Notes and Messages

How many times have you gone out for the day and come home to find a message left on your door. Ask someone to check there is none left on your door as this will be a dead giveaway.

Notify your friends

Tell your friends that you will be away; they could also have a look around and make sure that everything is alright as they are driving past.

Shutters

Yes, these will stop anyone from getting in but if you see them closed everyday when normally they are open what does this suggest to the burglar?

Conclusion

No matter what you do if someone really wants to get into your home they will find a way.  Burglars get into homes while inhabited, so being away just makes it more convenient and less trouble for them.

 

At least if we do all of the above, then we know we have done everything we can do.  One last thing!  Make sure you have paid all the insurances and licenses before you go.  You don’t want to come back and find that your car is no longer registered or that you were driving without a license.  Have a safe and happy holiday.

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    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      alarm system monitoring, No definitely not extreme, Just common sense.

      And I do not live in the US nor in a dangerous place. I believe that all countries have problems from burglars from time to time, no country is exempt. So in my opinion only, it is better to prevent anything happening rather than wait until its too late.

      Actually I just wondered why you have the name you are using. Why do people need an alarm system monitor if there is no problems in this wide wide world of freedom and technology. Just curious.

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      alarm system monitoring 

      8 years ago

      Luckily, I live in a fairly big city and I don't have garbage bins in front of my house, I use a trash compactor and twice a week I take out the garbage to some garbage containers near my house. Your solution didn't come to my mind before because in my home town we use another system for garbage disposal. However, is seems to me that you live in a very dangerous place, I'm not from U.S. but I often leave my house or my car unlocked when I go shopping or for work and I have never been the victim of a burglary... That's why I find some of your solutions a little extreme

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Alarm system mon, I am glad you asked that question.

      Rubbish bins are a bit like loverloaded letterboxes. They are a signal to burglars.

      next time you have a rubbish collection, take note of bins left out on roadside, if not brought in, it will be a clear advert to a burglar that the owner is not home or yes they may be ill also. Burglars look for easy targets and that is one believe it or not. We always bring our neighbors bin in that works, then people think they are home. Not away at work all day.

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      alarm system monitoring 

      8 years ago

      Very imaginative tips, I love the one with the trash bins; I don't want you to get this the wrong way, but isn't that a bit paranoid?

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      peggyw, Yes we went around australia but did not have enough internet connection to get those housesitting jobs. But is a very good idea. And neighbors are a real jewel. But these days they get in even while your home so what hope have we got eh... thanks for reading. cheers.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very good tips. Good neighbors who can look out for one another are invaluable. Some people even hire house sitters and if one can find a reliable person...that is not a bad idea.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, too true we have to protect ourselves as much as we can and look out for others at the same time.

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Informative! And yes it is an awful thought, however, it's good to be aware, especially in these economically hard times, we need to be mindful.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      lctodd, Thanks yes what you say is so true, you are only protecting yourself from the not so bad people. Awful thought isnt it. thanks for stopping by

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Teresa, we have to be so careful these days. thanks for stopping by

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Really true Eileen. Yes, we really need to do these things. Thank you for this hub. More power. God bless.

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      lctodd1947 

      8 years ago from USA

      Eileen, this is very informative and useful for all. My husband swears that if someone wants to get in they will also. But you never know what might discourage them is my thoughts also. Thanks so much for sharing.

      Linda

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      fishtiger, thats a very good idea with the police. thanks for stopping by

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      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Great advice, I always have the neighbors watching the house and I also let the police know we will be gone and they make extra drive bys.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Fiona

      Yes it is a worry I think we all have that problem

    • fiona_33 profile image

      fiona_33 

      8 years ago from UK

      Really good advice. I always go on holiday with a little bit of dread about coming home to a broken into property.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      pamela, hope yours is safe, thanks for poppin in.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very good suggestions to keep your home safe. Thanks.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      hypnodude, Oh boy! thanks very much for that I really appreciate it. I sure hope it saves someone from any problems. thanks again for that your very generous.

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      Andrew 

      8 years ago from Italy

      As someone who has worked for some years in the private Security field I have to say that your hub is pretty well done, so I've rated it up and stumbled it. Well done Eileen. :)

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      johnee, yes they are a pain, especially when they take or damage your property that has taken your hard earned money.

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      johneee 

      8 years ago from San Jose, CA

      good tips, thanks for this one. Sick of thieves

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Ethel, yes we have to do something to deter them thats for sure. thanks for reading

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Good advice. We usually have a relative pop round a few times.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Sage, yes I know what you mean I remember my sister saying after someone went through her house and rifled through her undies drawers. She said she felt as though they had actually vialated her. Its such a personal thing.

      Nothing will really stop them even security if they really want to get in. Then when and if caught a smart lawyer gets the guilty person off. Which is wrong if you can afford the best lawyer it doesnt matter who is guilty they normally win. Thanks for stopping by

    • Sage Williams profile image

      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      eileen - I really enjoyed this hub, you offer some very useful tips. I never thought of asking the neighbors to park their cars in the driveway.

      My husband once walked in on a home invasion. As he went in the front door the burglars were going out the back door. The feeling of intrusion is a devastating experience to see your house trashed and things missing. Since then we have always had a security system installed in any property we have lived in.

      Great job on this hub,

      Sage

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Breakfastpop. That means two great minds alike hey what!! Thanks for stopping by

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Great advice. I do all of it!

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