How to Keep Your Home Safe When You Travel

Published On October 22, 2019 | By Staff Writer | Travel Planning
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Traveling has often been called one of the most fulfilling endeavors anyone can pursue. That’s why it’s unsurprising that many leave their homes to pursue adventures around the globe. It’s such a popular thing that many have talked about the best ways one can be safe while journeying across the globe. What few people talk about is how to keep the home you’re leaving behind safe so you have somewhere to go home to. Here are the critical things you need to take care of to keep you home safe.

Secure the perimeter.

It might surprise a lot of people but locking up your home is something that many people forget. It has been found that 32% of break-ins happen through doors that are left unlocked. That’s a huge oversight that you don’t want to make as it will leave you vulnerable to anyone who has ill intentions of your abandoned home. Even if you do manage to find someone who is more than willing to watch out for your home, you should make a checklist of doors and windows that need locking just to be safe.

Check the Electricals.

The second most common danger to an unattended home is electrical fires. These can result from appliances that are left plugged in, lights left open, and even faults in the overall system. It doesn’t hurt to have your wiring checked, for example, before you depart to ensure that there aren’t any problems or potential problems. Upgrade your systems if you can. Get an efficient current shunt resistor or two installed where they can do the most protection, and replace any damaged circuit breakers as well.

Have multiple emergency contacts.

One of the riskiest things you can do when you travel is not informed anyone of where you are going. Something could happen to you out there and no one would be the wiser. Inform your loved ones, closest friends, and trusted colleagues of where you will be and what you will do. Give an itinerary so everyone will be aware of where they can find you. Better, set up “check-ins” where you periodically update people where you’re currently at. That way any lack of contact can trigger a response to find you.

Control your social media.

It’s very tempting to post images and videos of your adventures when you travel, but that exposes you to a lot of risks as well. Your social media will tell anyone and everyone when your house is particularly vulnerable to a robbery. If you must share, collect all your content as you travel and post everything later when you get back. This way, you still get to show off that awesome vacation without leaving your home vulnerable.

Traveling is an amazing experience–one that can be enriching. To make sure the whole thing ends happy, however, is to secure your home. These things are the most basic things that you need to do to keep your home safe before you leave and during your travels. They ensure you have a home to go back to at the end of all your journeys.

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