Honeymoon Peace of Mind: Securing Your Home While You Are Away

Your honeymoon should be a time of rest and relaxation, a time to leave the “real” world behind, spending countless hours staring into the eyes of your newly-wedded spouse, and not worry about anything back home, especially the safety of your home.

But extended time away can be prime-time for burglaries. There are steps you can take to ensure your home”s safety however, and following these few simple guidelines will give you peace of mind and allow you to bask in the bliss of your honeymoon.

Discretion on computer social sites can cut down on the information burglars can glean about your absence. While you may not be able to keep your wedding and upcoming honeymoon a secret, not revealing how far away you will vacationing or how long you will be gone can make would-be thieves less comfortable breaking into your home. Making it clear that you will have friends checking on your home frequently or even staying there will help as well.

Let your neighbors know that you will be gone and ask them to keep an eye on your property and to collect your mail and newspaper. An mounting pile of papers can be a flashing sign to burglars that your home is not being looked after and is available to be broken into.

Purchase and install timers for the porch light and at least one indoor light to turn them on and off so that they house isn”t obviously vacant. If you do not have deadbolt locks on your doors, consider installing those as well. Find a way to secure all pet doors if you have them.

It can be advantages to think like a burglar before you leave. Take a walk around the property and take a drive around the block, driving past your house. Does anything stand out? Can you see valuable paintings,a jewelry box, or T.V.”s and electronics through a window? Is your shed or garage secure so that no one can access tools? Are there upstairs windows that can be accessed by trees or lattice?

If you take these few simple precautions, you will be able to relax and enjoy your honeymoon, and find a safe and secure home waiting for you when you get home to begin your new life…happily ever after.

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