Keeping Your Home Safe While Traveling

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Guest post by Mark J. 

The benefits of a home security system are fairly apparent to most people who have ever been in charge of homes or families. If you are a parent raising children in your home, you certainly recognize the importance of upholding the safety and security of your house. Keeping your house secure protects your children, your possessions, yourself, and your general sense of comfort, after all.

KeysBut it is also important to remember that you need to keep your home safe while you are away from it as well. Fortunately, there are numerous ways of maintaining your home security while on vacation or traveling. Here are a few tips for you to practice in such situations.

First, do not forget to set your security system upon your departure. This seems simple, but it is also an easy step to forget. For example, if you depart your house for a vacation early in the morning, you may not think to set your system, as this is usually something that you do at night. So, just make sure to turn on your house alarm and any other security features you may have (motion sensors, cameras, etc.) immediately before departure. With some systems, you may even be able to remotely monitor your home security through your phone or smart device while you are away.

Make sure that your close neighbors are aware that you will be out of town. If you know and trust anyone on your street, as you likely do, be sure to notify these people of the length of time for which you can be gone. This will likely prove to be nothing more than a precaution, but it can’t hurt to have extra eyes looking out for your home. If your neighbors know that you are out of town and see anything suspicious happening to your property, they may be able to help.

Finally, do your best to make your house appear as if it is occupied while you are gone. If at all possible, leave your car (or cars) at home, so that anyone who may be watching your home for the wrong reasons doesn’t notice that you have left. Additionally, try to keep a light or two on. Ideally, keep these lights on in internal rooms – a light on in a corner bedroom all night every night can be a bit of an obvious trick, but keeping some faint light coming from within the house could mean anything. These sorts of tricks can make your home appear occupied, which of course will likely deter any potential vandals or thieves from attempting to enter your home while you are away.

– Mark J. is a professional freelance writer and programmer at He has worked with a number of clients in different fields including technology, education, security, and business.

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  1. Maralea says:

    We always make sure that the neighbors know we will be gone and we have them pick up our mail each day. These are some really great tips!

  2. Great tips. In our neighborhood we all make sure we know when someone is going to be out of town. We are all really good about keeping an eye on each others house. I think that helps a lot.

  3. Maralea says:

    Thanks for the great tips!

  4. It’s too bad that we live in a world that one must worry about this stuff while on vacation. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Emily W says:

    That first tip is more important than many people realize. Years ago, my aunt and uncle’s house got robbed while they were out for the day. They had an alarm system, but they hadn’t turned it on when they left the house. Fortunately, they were things that could be replaced and no one was hurt.

  6. Ellen B says:

    great tips – I hate having the house empty – we live in a rural area – scary to know we are isolated

  7. Jennifer M says:

    Great tips! I’m always so worried when we go out of town. We always have a family member stop by & check on things also

  8. Betty Baez says:

    I always make sure the neighbors know and I usually leave my kitchen light on…great tips

  9. :) It always scares me to tell my neighbors.. what if you aren’t close to any neighbors? I like the idea of a “housesitter” We usually get a neice or nephew we trust, at an age they want to be out of the house but won’t ruin yours ( & pay them a bit for taking care of things) lol I think maybe having someone mow the grass & of course get the mail too.

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