Before departing for your much earned holiday be wise and think about your plans for securing your home while you are away. The latest figures from the FBI show a burglary occurs every 15.4 seconds in the USA. The majority of these break ins take place when the homeowner is away from the home. A great number of these burglaries could be prevented by beefing up your home security and installing a home security system. The installation of a home security alarm, and home security surveillance cameras is one of the most common and effective ways to improve the security of your home instantly. Where possible use a home safe to store any valuables. Include such items as keys to outbuildings, garages, other vehicles and any other device that requires a key in your safe. You should also hide any personal documents and identity information in your home safe. If you don't have a home safe consider using a post office vault, especially if you live in a high crime area. Giving the impression someone is at home is a great way to dissuade a burglar and is key to improving home security. This can be achieved by using timers in various rooms to switch lights an appliances off and on at differing times of the day. Be smart, though, and apply this tactic to more than one room in your house. Other security measures include stopping your mail and paper deliveries. If you have two vehicles, leave one parked on your driveway or ask a neighbor to park in your driveway whilst you are away. Leave a key with a trusted neighbor or relative and ask them to check your home periodically. Switch off any answering machine don't be tempted to leave a message saying you are on vacation. Ensure all outbuildings are secure, making sure any tools in your garage that could be used to gain access are under lock and key. No matter what steps and security measures you take your home will never be 100% secure. But the harder you make it for a burglar to gain entry the stronger your home security will be.
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