Many people consider their home safety when they’re away. How will they deter thieves if they’re not at home for an extended time?
Should someone be asked to house sit or check in on things? Home safety is, of course, important while people are gone, but just as many safety features should be considered for daily living as well. The safety of the home and everyone living in it should be a top priority always.
I've been on a home safety kick for a little while now, combined with home automation. You can see some of the tools I've been using here.
Digital Mailbox Service and Mail Forwarding
Homeowners are often so focused on making sure the house is locked up tight, they forget about the important papers and bills that come to their mailbox. Mail often includes personal information that people do not want others to get their hands on. If mail gets left in the box for an extended time, it makes it even easier for thieves to take it for themselves. They could steal packages or even someone’s identity with the information found within certain pieces of mail.
A digital mailbox service helps deter this crime. Using a service such as digital mail iPostal1, people can get regular tracking information alerting them to things getting delivered. They can even use the service to forward their mail to a different address for a short time, such as while they’re on vacation. This way, it doesn’t get left in the home mailbox easily available to any passersby.
Locked Doors and Windows
You’d be surprised how many people leave their doors and windows open. Many people believe it’s fine to do when they’re home since they’d be there to stop any crime from happening anyway. It is best to keep doors and windows locked at all times, whether away or not. Some thieves simply go up and down the block checking to see who has a door unlocked that they can walk right into. Open a window and let some air in for a while, but don’t leave it like that all day, especially if you’re not in that particular room to watch your surroundings. It’s just one way to keep safe.
One of the best things money can buy is a home security system. It can be used each day to help deter criminals from breaking into the home. If someone does get inside, the alarm will be tripped and the authorities will be dispatched quickly to respond. Many top-of-the-line systems offer far more than just an alarm. Some offer notifications for smoke, water, air quality, and more. Consider all aspects before choosing the right system to install. You can monitor most of these newer systems from a smartphone, watching what goes on in your home even while you’re away.
Something as simple as an automated light can help discourage criminals from making their way onto the property any further. An automatic porch light is often the best solution, as it will turn on as soon as anyone comes within the vicinity. With a bright light in their face, many thieves run off scared and do not continue their burglary attempt.
Plus, with all the different aspects of home automation today, you can get pretty creative with lighting setups, even if you're not home. This would really deter thieves as they wouldn't be sure if you were home or not.
Fresh Batteries in the Smoke Detector
Thieves are not the only worry when it comes to home safety. Fires are another common problem many households face at one point or another. Always be sure to replace the batteries in the smoke detector so it will work as planned and notify the family of any impending danger from smoke or fire. These alarms should be checked at least once a month to ensure their working condition. Carbon monoxide detectors are ideal to have as well. These should also be checked as often so you know they’re working right.
We love our Nest smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They will alert you when the batteries are low.
Even if you don’t yet have a system, you can still put up the surveillance signs that tell passersby a system is in place. They won’t know the difference and will be more likely to skip your house in fear of making an alarm go off once they make it inside. A beware of dog sign could be a good deterrent as well, even if you don’t actually have a dog.
Today and every day, every homeowner should focus on home safety. Plenty of things can get done to ensure better security of the home, from getting a digital mailbox service and using mail forwarding to setting up a security alarm, and even something as simple as automated lights. All homeowners should put their focus on the safety of their families, homes, and belongings no matter if they’re away or not.