How To Protect Your Home While Travelling
When you’re off having fun on holidays, it’s easy to forget you’ve left your home unattended for a pretty long stretch of time. Chances are things will be fine, but here are a few simple tips for better security — and peace of mind — while you’re travelling.
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Keep a Watchful Eye
If you don’t have anybody you can ask, or would prefer to keep matters in your own hands, you can use your webcam as a security camera. There are tons of options for Windows, but Yawcam is one of our favorites. Mac users should try iAlertU. Then, while you’re gone, you can periodically monitor your home. Many of the apps will even email you and/or post images online so you can just use your phone to check in on things.
Look Like You’re Home
Be Prepared for the Worst
Regardless of what you do, your home could get ransacked while you’re gone. This sucks, but it sucks less if you’re prepared ahead of time to cope with the loss. Check your insurance policy and claim procedures before you leave so you know what you need to do if something bad happens. You’ll want to create a home inventory — for which there are plenty of good tools — and take lots of pictures of the place before you leave. While the home inventory can take awhile, once it’s done it’s easy to update. Taking pictures only takes a few minutes, and calling your insurance company to know the procedures is also a quick task that doesn’t need repeating. This may seem like a lot of work, but it’s a lot worse if you have to deal with disaster unprepared.
Got any other great tips for some added security while you travel? Share your strategies in the comments.