7 Ways to Improve Your Home Security In 2017 Plus Tips on How to Secure While On Vacation from Most Respected DIY Travel Bloggers

Written By Kristy Jones of A Click Away Remotes / A trusted garage door opener, remotes and garage door parts company for almost 14 years.

Improve My Home’s Security without Spending Too Much

Now that 2016 has come to a close and 2017 has started, it is essential to look back to the year that was.


As a homeowner, take note of the mistakes that you have done and the lessons that you have learned. Ensure that you apply these lessons as a new year comes along.

Here are the seven lessons in security that you can start doing in 2017 without hurting your budget:

Befriend your neighbors.

This is a quick and easy way to keep your home secure, especially if you’re always traveling. Be friendly towards you neighbors and get to know them. Be sure that you befriend those that you trust and trust you in return. This way, you can always ask them to look after your home or apartment while you are away. They can easily notify you when something is weird in your home. You can always return the favor by looking after their home or doing something for them.

Automate your home.

This might be an investment that you have to make on your end. Automating your home gives you control whenever and wherever. You can set up your lights and appliances to turn on at certain times of the day to fake inhabitants in the house. Burglars are less likely to break in when there is light and noise inside the home. In addition to security, home automation also provides convenience so all the lights are already turned on when you get back home from work.

Secure your exterior doors.

Improve your exterior doors so you have a fighting chance against burglars. This includes your garage door, front door, and back door. Choose solid doors instead of hollow ones. Install a dead-bolt lock to add an extra layer of security. Forget that old trick of hiding the keys under the potted plant. This puts your home’s security at risk. For your garage door, choose an opener with added security features. This prevents anyone from hacking into your garage without your knowledge.

Lock the doors and windows.

This first step is most often forgotten by many people. Oftentimes, you leave the house mindlessly as you rush to work or to school. However, making sure that everything is locked before you leave is a must to prevent undesirable people from snooping and getting inside your home. There might have been times where you have forgotten to lock the bedroom windows upstairs yet everything in your house is safe. But it’s better to keep an eye out for possibilities.

Keep an eye out for break-ins in your neighborhood.

Always be in the know for break-ins that are happening in your community. Chances are, this might also happen to you if the burglars come across your home. It is better to be informed and find ways to protect your home from break-ins. Once you know the pattern of the break-ins, you can already take actions in fortifying the security in your home.Always read the newspaper and check the daily news for local crimes happening in your area.

Invest in a wireless security system.

This might be a bigger expense for you, but it will be money well spent. Some burglars are very technical and smart. Even if you have a security system, they can cut the right wires to shut the system down. This is why having a wireless security system can provide you with the peace of mind that you need. Wireless systems have battery-operated sensors to detect motions in the home.

Avoid posting on social media.

A lot of people are guilty of posting their vacations on social media. It’s very common to let your friends and family know that you’ve finally taken that trip to your dream destination. However, avoid spilling all the beans on social media since burglars are sometimes scouring online for information on who’s at home and who isn’t. Don’t post details of your trip online and wait until you get back to spread the news.


IN RANDOM ORDER:

My Top 31 Travel Blogs Share Their Best Tips on How to Secure Home While Their On Vacation

Blogger: Daniel Noll & Audrey Scott | Uncornered Market | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: A couple of tips/thoughts. Choose one or both.
1) Prior to your departure, inform a couple of trusted neighbors or friends that you’ll be on vacation. Ask them to keep an eye out while you are away and report anything suspicious or unusual to police or authorities.
2) Make sure that your Facebook privacy settings are set so that vacation updates are not shared publicly (with potential would-be thieves) and only with friends.  Similarly, be careful and aware that any Twitter and Instagram posts can, depending on your settings, also share location data that communicates that you are on vacation…and not at home.


Blogger: Laura and Tanbay | Travelling Weasels | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: With a house sitter


Blogger: Dave Anderson | Jones Around The World | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: My top tip would just be to have a house sitter while you go away traveling.  While this is a typical decision for people who have pets, it should be considered just as important for everyone who leaves for longer periods of time.  If that’s not an option, make sure you have at least one car parked in the driveway (if it’s a house), and make sure you have proper locks on all doors and windows!


Blogger: Karisa Klee | Flirting With The Globe | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Leave lights on, valuables locked away out of sight, have neighbors take your mail in and friends stop in from time to time.


Blogger: Maria Stoyanova | Travelling Buzz | Facebook

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: We don’t really do anything special to secure our home. We make sure to ask a friend to check on our apartment from time to time and since we have a cat living with us, it’s a must to have someone to go over and feed her. Apart than that, we make sure to have curtains down.


Blogger: Dariece Swift | Goats On The Road | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: The best way to make sure that your home is secure when you go on holiday is to hire a housesitter. In exchange for free accommodation in your home, this trusted person will take care of you plants, pets (if you have them), and your home. Someone will be living in your house which will deter any potential burglars. If you’re going away in the winter, it’s important to have someone be in your house in case of pipes bursting or gas leaks. In tropical countries, it’s great to have someone in your home so that it gets “aired out” and doesn’t become musty.


Blogger: Josh Bender | Travel with Bender | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: I suggest using a video doorbell so you can see who is at your front door. Statistics show most thieves knock on the front door to check if someone is home before committing a burglary. A video doorbell can ring your phone wherever you are in the world, so you can seem like you’re home, discouraging crime and increasing security while you’re away. We’re actually giving away a Skybell video doorbell at the moment at: http://travelwithbender.com/travel-thoughts/competitions/cyberghost


Blogger: Alex and Sebastiaan | Lost With Purpose | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: We’re always apprehensive about securing our home while away. We’ve had burglars break in before, and worry always lurks in the backs of our minds.

Luckily, we have family living close by, so we ask them to walk by the apartment every few days. One of them gets a key, with a request to check things out periodically. The same can be done with a close friend or neighbor.

If that isn’t an option, a website like Trusted Housesitters is a great alternative, especially if you’ll be away for a longer period of time. Both you and Housesitting get to vet potential sitters, so you’ll have peace of mind while away.


Blogger: Paul Johnson | A Luxury Travel Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Think about your use of social media and the message it sends out. Sharing that you’re having a great time somewhere is also telling people that you’re not at home. If you’ve ever previously ‘checked in’ at home, or done other things that might expose where you live, then that might not be a very wise thing to do.


Blogger: Sabrina | Just One Way Ticket | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Make sure your door is properly locked, turn off electricity if you’re gone for longer than a month and leave a key with a trustworthy friend who can check back from time to time.


Blogger: Julie | Carnets de Traverse | Facebook | Instagram

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: When I go out while on vacation, I always close the water inlet and also remove unnecessary fuses (except the fridge of course). This way, water leaks are impossible, and electric problem are minimized. I always leave a key to my neighbors also, just in case, and I know they will have a look from time to time, to see if everything is ok.


Blogger: Jose Antonio Diaz | Our Awesome Planet | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: 1). We have a Security Safety Box for our important documents, pieces of jewelry, and emergency cash for security and in the case of fire.
2). We do install a CCTV area to keep a record of people going in and out of the house and sensitive area of our home.
3). We make sure someone is home or someone to check the home from time to time to open the lights at night.
4). We don’t share the exact time we are going on vacation in social media and we don’t  share it with friends in general.
5). We are connected online when we travel in case of emergencies.


Blogger: Nellie Huang | Wild Junket | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: We use a fake TV or burglar deterrent that give the illusion that someone’s at home watching TV. It’s cheap and effective, and definitely costs much less than a security camera!


Blogger: JB & Renee | Will Fly For Food | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer:  Install motion-activated outdoor lighting.  Bright lights suddenly switching on in their face is a good way of scaring potential thieves.  We draw our curtains and blinds as well so no one can see inside the house and we tell our neighbors of our vacation plans.  That way they can keep an eye out for anything that looks suspicious.


Blogger: Carmen Edelson | Carmen’s Luxury Travel | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: A commonly adopted practice for regular travellers is automating their lighting on a schedule. Many believe this gives the appearance that someone is home, simply because they have their lights turned on in the evening for a few hours and then off at their typical bedtime. While automated lights have been around for some time, it is only just recently that homeowners have been enabled to manage them from their smartphones. Now, with the use of an Internet-enabled device, you can turn your lights on and off or simply set them on autopilot so you don’t have to think about them while you are away.


Blogger: Esther & Jacob | Local Adventurer | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: We have our guard cats always on duty, who are pretty useless :P, but we have a friend always checking up on our home and cats every couple of days. Having someone come in and out of the home is a great way to make sure it looks active to anyone who may be looking to take advantage of your time away.


Blogger: Abigail King | Inside the Travel Lab | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Make friends with your neighbours and let them know your plans! Enlist their help in clearing visible post from your letterbox, putting your bins out on time and checking in every now and then to make sure that all is OK.


Blogger: Johnny Jet | Johnny Jet | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Install security cameras and window/door sensors so when there’s motion you and your family members get an alert. Also have your neighbors keep an eye out on your place.


Blogger: Charli Moore | Wanderlusters | Instagram

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Although I am not a homeowner myself when travelling I have helped homeowners ensure that their homes are secure while they are away by house sitting for them. Stepping into their shoes and caring for their home and pets whilst they travel, I am able to enjoy the benefits of living like a local and the owner can rest assured that their property is occupied and maintained whilst they are away. You can read more about the concept of house sitting on my blog.


Blogger: Rick Griffin | Midlife Road Trip | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: 1. Make it look like your home. Thieves are more likely to avoid breaking into a home that they think is occupied. Park a car in the driveway instead of the garage, however be sure not to leave your garage door opener in the car. Have some lights, and your television set on timers, and keep a radio on a talk radio station the entire time you’re away.

2. Refrain from posting anything on social media that might indicate you are away from home. You can always share your photos and experiences after you return home.

3. Arrange for the post office to hold your mail while you’re away.

4. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your house and to maybe move your car to a different spot in your driveway a time or two while you’re away.

5. Purchase some security cameras. Today’s cameras allow you to monitor your house via the internet and can send you notifications to alert you to any motion detected. Some models even allow you to speak or sound an alarm.


Blogger: Robson Cadore | Love & Road | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: I always leave an extra set of keys with my neighbors and have some lights on auto mode to switch on during the night.


Blogger: Annette White | Bucket List Journey | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Considering my hectic travel schedule, the last thing I want to worry about is if my home is protected while I am away. There is a sense of comfort knowing that most of my expensive items (ie: camera, laptop, etc) are always with me when traveling, but that is definitely not enough. When away I always make a point to have select lights in my home set on a timer, my close neighbors are notified before my departure and my curtains are kept half open in the same way they normally would be when I am home. These simple techniques have helped to ease my mind while I am out living my dream.


Blogger: Mate Begonja | Chasing The Donkey | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Outside of the routine security measures like ensuring everything is locked, shutters are down and turning the alarm on, we like to let our neighbours know we are off so they can keep an eye on the house. We live in a small tight knit community where people notice any suspicious activity which is great when travelling. In addition, we have had locks retro-fitted to the inside of our garage door, so that while we are away it can be secured and is unable to be opened.


Blogger: Will Tang | Going Awesome Places | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Your answer:  The best tip is to get an automatic electrical outlet timer.  Plug in a lamp near a window that faces the street and set it to turn on in the evening so it gives the illusion that you’re home to potential thieves.


Blogger: Evelyn Hannon | Journeywoman | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: We know that everybody gets very excited as they prepare for their vacation. They want to tell all their friends about when they are leaving and where they are going. The scary part is if you are not careful with your Facebook settings you could be putting a welcome mat out for criminals who can break into your home while you are away. Make sure to make your holiday posts in a ‘friends only’ setting. If you set to a public setting all your messages and photographs will be available to anybody who wants to access it. And that means potential trouble . You could come home to find your home cleaned out.


Blogger: Macca Sherifi | A Brit and a Broad | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: I always use an Aegis home alarm system while I’m away. I’ve got security sensors around the back of the house too which scares people off should they ever go around there, but our alarm system always gives me comfort that my home is safe and secure when I’m on the road.


Blogger: Michael Turtle | Time Travel Turtle | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: I think one of the most important things is to make it look like nothing has changed at home and routine is as usual. So I would suggest doing things like having some lights on timers and asking a neighbour to collect the mail.


Blogger: Jeremy Foster | TravelFREAK | Facebook | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Whether I’m traveling or at home, I use “Ring”, a convenient motion-activated security system that pings my phone anytime someone comes to my door or in front of my place. It rings to my phone to let me know that someone is at my home and allows me to see, hear and speak to anyone outside of my home. This is convenient to have, allowing me to keep an eye on my place 24/7. If I am going to be gone for more than a few days, I will generally have someone staying at my place to keep an eye on things.


Blogger: Jarryd Salem | NOMADasaurus | Twitter

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: Let your neighbours know that you’re going to be away, and ask them to keep an eye out for anyone that visits your house.


Blogger: Trisha Velarmino | P.S. I’m On My Way | Facebook

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: I live in a very safe city but I am still freaked about security. When I am away from home, I usually sublet it on AirBnb and if I don’t find anyone, I make sure to ask some friends/neighbours to open the light every night so the house will not look empty. Houses with no lights are usually the ones that are prone to theft as they might think that there is no one in the house and it’s easier to break in. This is a very simple practice I do but it really works!


Blogger: Stephen & Jess | Flying the Nest | Facebook | YouTube

Question: Can you share your best tips on how to secure your home while on vacation?
Answer: At the moment we are kinda homeless/still living with Stephen’s parents as we are out exploring the world for most of the year. However, when we go on a family trip we always have someone stay at our house. Mostly to help feed our cats but also for security reasons to make the house still occupied.

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