Keeping Your Home Safe When You Travel
I travel a lot which means I’m away from home and it also means that I think about home safety and security. I have a few things that I do but I’m always on the prowl for tips and useful information on keeping my home safe. I live in a condominium and recently received a notice under my door that our building had two break ins. Both break-ins occurred when the home owners were out of town. This means that someone must have known they weren’t home. You couldn’t get any closer to home than this so I decided to do “Ja’Vonne’s Travel Minute”, a weekly travel vignette that I do on our show The Traveling Eye on keeping your safe when you travel. Doing my research I came across an article in Readers Digest titled “13 Things You Never Knew About Home Safety”. While not all of these tips are for when you’re away, a lot of them were.
- Sock away your valuables in your children’s room because most burglars don’t go in there.
- Plant thorny bushes under a low window. It’s decorative and a deterrent
- Ask a neighbor to be on the look out for fliers in your door and collect them if they’re there. This is a trick burglars use. They leave a flier and then come back later to see if it’s still there.
- Turn your phone ringer on low or off
- If you don’t have a security system get a decal for display
- Join a neighborhood watch
- Don’t load up the car until the morning you’re leaving
- if you have a security key pad make sure the display it is not visible.
- Take care of mail slots that are in doors. There’s a more strategic place for it.
- Keep your car keys next to your bed on your night stand
- Store wood away from windows or any home entry point
- When you have workers in your home do a security sweep of your home when they leave.
- choose your locksmith wisely.
Ja’Vonne Harley, The Wanderlusting Foodie
Co-host, The Traveling Eye
Co-owner, Advantage International, LLC
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