Over the last 20 years, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to help travelers enjoy the experience of exploring the world. In order to fully immerse yourself in the culture of another land, it’s important to feel that your home is protected while you’re away. Here are five helpful tips for securing your home so you can fully enjoy your trip.
Making sure that all your doors and windows are securely locked is a no-brainer. Don’t forget to bring in that spare key you’ve hidden under the doormat or in a fake rock—give it to a trusted neighbor or family member instead.
Ask a neighbor or a friend to help
See if someone else can keep an eye on your home while you’re away. If anyone in your neighborhood is having a party while you’re gone, offer your driveway as parking for the party, which will help to deter theft. Your neighbors can also help by bringing in your trash and recycling bins, collecting anything delivered to your home and checking in to make sure your home is safe.
Make it look like you’re still at home
Giving the impression that you’re at home is the single best way to deter theft. Set your interior lights on a timer and make arrangements to have your walkways shoveled and grass cut if you’re leaving for an extended period. Don’t snap shut all your blinds—it’s best to leave them as you normally would when at home.
Hold your mail and newspaper deliveries
If no one is available to get your mail for you, have it held at the post office until you return. The United States Postal Service will hold your mail for a period of three to 30 days, just ask at least two weeks prior to your departure.
Don’t help the bad guys—but tell the good guys
Don’t advertise your absence on your outgoing voicemail message or on the internet. If you’re traveling for more than a week, it’s advisable to notify local police.