4 Ways Criminals Know You're Not Home

Are you heading out of town for a summer getaway? If so, don't let a break-in spoil your vacation fun. With all the exciting activities on your itinerary, it's easy to overlook home security during the bustling travel season.

Before you pack up and head out, safeguard your property by not making it obvious that you're away. According to Matthew Lake, home security expert from Guardian Safe And Vault, the following four signs are often clear indicators to criminals that no one is home, so take the necessary steps to avoid them:

Unchanged lighting patterns. 

Constant lighting patterns are a giveaway. If lights are always on or always off, it signals that no one is home to change them. Use smart home technology or timers to create varied lighting schedules. This mimics an occupied home, making it less obvious that you're away.

Overflowing mail and packages. 

An accumulation of mail, newspapers or uncollected packages outside a house indicates that the residents might be away for an extended period. Request a hold on mail and newspaper deliveries through your local post office during your absence. For packages, either schedule deliveries when you are home or use secure package delivery services. Alternatively, ask a neighbor to regularly collect these items.

Visible valuables. 

If valuables are easily visible from the outside, it can tempt burglars, especially if there are no signs of occupancy. So before leaving, ensure that valuable items are not visible from windows. Use curtains or blinds to obscure the view into your home. Consider putting all valuables, including car keys, into your home safe.

Uncut lawn. 

An overgrown lawn can be a clear sign that a home is unoccupied. This is particularly noticeable when neighboring properties are well-maintained. To avoid this red flag, arrange for a lawn service or a trusted neighbor to mow your lawn in your absence. This helps maintain the appearance that the home is being lived in.

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