Vacation time is on! So are you going for a hill station this vacation, leaving your house empty ? If you are, don’t leave it unguarded.A vacant home is the most prone to burglary. Taking a few preventive steps before leaving can save you from being a victim of burglary while you are away.
Avoid Social Media Updates- These days we have a habit of posting where we are and our schedule on social media. But this also gives a clear idea to the possible burglar that the house is empty. Even if you do post, keep it private, share with selected people only. Do not let the world know about it.
Neighbour Watch- Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your home while you are away. If you trust a friend who lives nearby, give him the spare keys to your home. You can also give him your car keys and ask to take the car for a short spin. This way, if anyone has intentions of breaking in, he would think twice before doing so.
Put Valuables in a Locker- If you are going for a very long period, it would be a good idea to keep all the valuables in bank locker. Or if you have a safe you can rely on, put the valuables in it before leaving for the holiday.
Get a Light Control Timer- A good way to stop the burglars from breaking in is to create an illusion that you are in the house. For this, you can get a timer for controlling light on and off. Switching the lights on during the evening and off at night will make the outsiders think you are still there.
Stop Newspaper/Milk/Mail Delivery- Your mailman and newspaper guy must be in the habit of throwing the papers at your doorstep. A pile of unattended newspapers is a clear sign that nobody is at home. So stop these services for the time being.
Install Burglar Alarm- It is a tech savvy world and all kinds of anti-theft equipment are available in the market. A simple burglar alarm comes within a thousand bucks. However, a more sophisticated technology can cost a little more; but not more than the valuables in your house.
A better way to save yourself from all kinds of home emergencies is to take a home insurance. It costs as little as Rs 8,000 per year and can save you a fortune in case of mishappenings. So follow these simple tips to keep your home safe behind you.