#1 Should you leave curtains open or closed?
Natasha says the best thing to do is leave everything as your normally would if you were just heading out for the day.
“Leave your curtains exactly as you usually keep them when you’re home, since noticeable changes could hint that you’re not around anymore, especially if your curtains are uncharacteristically left closed for two weeks,” says Natasha. “Move expensive items, like jewellery or computers, out of sight if they’re visible from the window.”
#2 Don’t leave your lights on
Rather, set timers on your lights. “Your electric bill will end up more costly than your mortgage, and house lights blazing throughout the night might look a bit suspicious,” says Natasha. “Instead, purchase a light switch timer that can turn your lights on and off automatically according to a programmed schedule. Criminals keeping an eye on your house will notice lights flipping on and off, and will probably assume someone is doing the flipping.”
#3 Turn the water off
“Turning off the water to your household appliances will prevent pipe breakages and leaks. This is the key to not coming home to a flooded house,” says Natasha.
#4 Pull the plug
Similarly, Natasha advises reducing the risk of electrical faults and issues by unplugging appliances and gadgets.
“Unplug your television, computer, toaster oven, and other appliances to protect them from power surges. This will help you save power as well; many appliances draw energy even when they’re turned off.”
#5 Keep your travel plans offline
“If you are planning to travel, be sure to keep your travel plans off your social media networks. Never post where you are going, when you are leaving, or when you will be back. This is prime information for a thief because he will know when your house will be empty. Even if you have the highest level of security on your Facebook or social accounts, posting this personal information is never recommended.”
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