Here at A-Z Home Watch Solutions, many of our long-term clients spend part of the year in one region of the country and another part of it right here in South Florida. Enjoying such a flexible lifestyle does mean that sometimes you’re not going to be at one of your residences. Whether you rent it out during your absence or keep it vacant, it’s critical to ensure someone is watching over your property.
If you’re headed out of town, here are a number of steps you can take to keep your home safe while you’re away. While an alarm system can be effective in deterring burglars, there are a number of other simple steps you can take to help make your home less attractive to criminals.
Make a break-in time consuming: Dead-bolt your doors and stick wooden dowels in your windows to slow burglars down.
Keep valuables out of sight: Don’t give would-be crooks a reason to break into your home. Keep cash, jewelry and other valuables out of sight. Consider investing in a safe that is bolted to the floor or wall.
Keep your home well lit: Mount exterior lights out of reach of would-be burglars in your yard or on your house. Put indoor lights on a timer so that they go on and off at appropriate times, making it look as if the house is occupied. Solar and motion-sensitive exterior lights also can help.
Arrange to have mail picked up or held by the post office: Stop newspaper deliveries or have a neighbor pick up your newspaper and mail daily. Have a trusted friend or neighbor stop by periodically to check on your home.
Turn to A-Z Home Watch Solutions: When you can’t be there for an extended period of time, get in touch with A-Z Home Watch Solutions. We’ll keep an eye on your home, serving as your eyes and ears.
If you’d like to read a bit more, here’s the tip sheet from the Insurance Information Institute.