TIPS: How to keep your home safe when you travel

9 Apr

By Christabelle

Every 15 seconds, a burglary takes place in homes and businesses across the United States. Scary thought right? In addition to protecting your home and/or business with an Archerfish Video Monitoring System – an award-winning thinking video surveillance system that understands what it sees. Just tell it what to look for – expected events, unanticipated intrusions, or just the odd things that can happen when you’re not around – and Archerfish sends video alerts to any number of mobile phone or email addresses when they happen.

And as we head into the summer travel season, the makers of the Archerfish Solo intelligent video surveillance system have developed several tips to provide property owners additional peace of mind while away from home:

  • Watch what you post on Facebook:  Sure you want to share all the fabulous fun you’re having.  But first, check your privacy settings and be sure you’re comfortable about the information you’re sharing about your time away from home.  If you’re posting photos, remove the location data so the bad guys can’t easily figure out that you’re really far from home.
  • Don’t leave mail / newspapers unattended while you’re away.  Thieves will notice that you’re not home, making your house an easy target. Instead, have the post office hold all mail until you return home. Also make sure to put your newspaper delivery on hold. A large pile of newspapers outside your front door is a sure sign that the house is unoccupied. Alternatively, have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers.
  • Be discrete with the details:  Businesses often hire summer help and you never know how much information is shared; so whether you’re pausing the newspaper or giving the dog walker, yard guy, cleaning crew a break, share the details of your trip only on a ‘need to know basis’.
  • Hide the spare key. Though many of us hide a spare key under a mat or large flower pot, that’s probably the first place a criminal might search. Retrieve the key and leave it with a family friend or trusted neighbor.
  • Use a timer to keep the lights on. Instead of turning everything off, use a timer to keep one or two lights on during evening hours. You can even use them to turn on a radio or television. This will make it difficult for the burglar to determine if you’re home.
  • Double-check the locks on your windows and doors: So many homeowners simply forget about an open window or basement door, making it really easy for the bad guys.  Before you leave, take a few minutes and walk the house to make sure everything is locked up.
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