Secure it. Survey your property. Look for ways to get in. Be sure you have good locks on your doors. Lock up ladders, patio furniture, recycling bins and anything else a thief could use to climb up to a second-storey window. And never hide a key anywhere outside. Most criminals take advantage of opportunities, so a home that’s well protected is less likely to attract that kind of attention.
Keep it living.Your home is less likely to catch the attention of a thief if it looks like it’s being lived in. Draw the shades or curtains. Turn down the volume on your phone – constant ringing is a sure sign that you’re away – and don’t forget timers for your lights.
Maintain it.A home that’s well cared for is a less attractive target for thieves. Trim hedges that exceed window-height and cut evergreen branches up at least three feet from the ground to eliminate hiding places on your property. General maintenance also decreases the risk of other problems, especially water damage. Hot water tanks, toilets and pipes are the usual culprits, so keep them in good repair as prevention.
Shut it off.If you’re going on vacation for more than a few weeks, turn off the water to your home and drain the lines (turn on your taps for a few minutes and flush your toilets). The less water and pressure there is, the safer your home will be if a pipe, toilet or tank happens to burst. With the water on, even a tiny leak can cause devastating damage in a short period of time. Also shut off the gas and pilot lights in your furnace and electric appliances to minimize the chance of ignition if ever a gas leak occurs or the pilot light blows.
Make a friend. Find a friend or neighbour you trust to keep an eye on your home. Have her cut the grass, park a car in your driveway, pick up your mail and even put out some extra garbage on garbage day. Inside, she can occasionally adjust the blinds or other visible property. Guardians can also check for any water, fire or wind damage and stop it from spreading.
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