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Unlike most aspects of prepping, home security is a 365 day a year effort. You must keep your home protected in times of disaster or otherwise. You are even responsible for home security when you are not home! That can be the toughest part.
During Christmas time home robberies increase and the vast majority are committed between 10am and 2pm. Most Americans are hard at work trying to make ends meet when the ruthless of our society show up to steal the gifts on your porch or in your home. Its a terrible thing but its real.
Criminals know when you are weak and they act on it.
Your home security is most weak when you go on vacation. That is because there is no one home for a long time. There might also be no car in the drive way for a whole week. Criminals pay attention to these things. the best way to prevent against this weakened home security is to recruit neighborhood eyes to watch and even visit your property.
Grab the Mail
If you are on vacation for a week you are going to accrue a lot of mail and if your not careful some packages, too. Make sure you have someone you trust to help deal with that while you are gone.
Bring up the Trash
Don’t let trash stay around for a while. Its a telltale sign that a home is not secure and is being left all alone. Be sure the person or people watching your home can help with the trash, too.
Just be Around
A presence is really all it takes. Have your neighborhood house sitter spend time there at night with the lights on and in the mornings. Its about presence and having a home that doesn’t look vacated for days at a time.