Keep your home safe while your away.

Real Estate Agent with Long Realty SA657797000

This is an excellent Blog from Paul Antonelli - Thank You so much for Posting!    With the start of the Fall and Winter Holidays - Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year - many will be out-of-town, sometimes for just a weekend, and other times for a vacation week or two.  Some of his suggestions are as simple as a new App, and others are more sophisticated.  All are well worth a second look.  Here's to having no unwanted 'surprises' over our Holidays!  Thanks again Paul, for making us more aware of what is out there, to 'keep us safe'!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!   

Original content by Paul Antonelli 3137972

Spending time with family and friends can be pleasant or frustrating. So imagine coming home to find that your house has been broken into while you were away. After the holidays, you just want to get back to normal, not have to deal with an insurance claim or burglary case.


To Do home safety while away for holiday

#1 Light Up a Room
Your parents may still rely on their lighting timer — on at 8 p.m., off at 7 a.m. That old-fashioned option still works, but apps are more fun. You replace your current wall switches with these wireless ones.


#2 Fake a Netflix Binge
Did you know you can fake your television. With a small device you can project light onto a curtain making it look like you are watching TV. The device plugs into an adapter & can work on a timer or with a light sensor, so it can switch on when it gets dark.


#3 Change Up Your Shades Remotely
Leave your window shades down while you’re gone and you might as well put out a “Gone Fishin’” sign. Check out wireless options to throw some shade on the go. Several companies have systems that allow shades to go up and down at your command. These are a little more expensive. Running a couple hundred dollars.


#4 Make Some Noise
Burglars can change plans in a hurry at the first sound of life inside a home. So one option when you’re just gone for the day is a noise app. With noises like vacuuming and a boiling kettle, it can help deter a thief.


#5 Make Them Ring And Run
“Burglars will often ring your doorbell, and if no one answers, they’ll go around back and kick in the door,” says Deputy Michael Favata with the Monroe County Sheriff’s office in New York. Now you can answer the door with the Ring Video Doorbell ($180 for the basic model). If someone pushes the doorbell, you can talk to them through an app on your phone. Whether it’s your nosey neighbor or a sketchy stranger. Even if they do not believe your home, they have already been seen on screen.


Burglary home prevention during holiday

#6 Try a No-Tech Technique

-Hire a house sitter. Then someone will be home.

-Ask friends, family, or neighbors to just be present on your property — use your patio, play in your yard, or bring in the mail.

-Invite a neighbor to keep a car parked in your driveway. During the holidays, they may be happy if they need overflow for visitors.

-Install a fake security camera for as low as $8. Burglars may not notice these fakes don’t have all the wiring necessary to be real. Their blinking red lights offer reasonable doubt.

-Get a real dog. Having a pet sitter stay can be as economical as some boarding facilities.

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Comments (8)

Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Thank you for letting me Re-Blog your excellent Blog - much appreciated Paul Antonelli - lots of great information for all of us!!

Nov 21, 2017 11:48 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Thanks for the re-blog of this one. Agree, excellent blog with a ton of helpful tips and information. D 

Nov 22, 2017 04:13 PM
Allie Angeloni

You are so welcome Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I thought it was excellent to share, also, and I did learn something new myself, all thanks to Paul Antonelli. 

Nov 22, 2017 04:16 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Hi Allie! These are great tips to make burglars think twice before they come calling. We should remember to be vigilant to keep strangers away.

Nov 23, 2017 01:07 PM
Allie Angeloni

With technology, it's amazing what we can do today to stay safe, and many items are affordable!  Thank you for your comments Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS

Nov 24, 2017 07:13 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

What a great reblog Allie.  These are excellent tips.  I need that extra car in my driveway. 

Nov 30, 2017 07:19 AM
Allie Angeloni

Yes, I hear you Carol Williams.  Some of the tips were 'new to me', so I thought it was worth sharing!  Thank you for your comment. 

Nov 30, 2017 02:52 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Allie Angeloni - I thank you for the re-blog again. There's enough good tips here to write a blog post on each one. I bet you can do that and make it you own because you have a life of many experiences. Your knowledge and expertise goes beneath the surface. I am so happy for our connections here on ActiveRain. You're truly someone special.

Feb 19, 2018 10:32 AM
Allie Angeloni

You are so kind and very generous with your comments!  Thank you Patricia Feager.  Yes, I agree that new Blogs would be interesting to do!  Have to tell you that I learn from you and enjoy your comments, replies, and blogs - you are encouraging and motivational to me, and I am happy to know you.  Thank you for 'being you' . . .  'more proof' that there are angels amongst us . . .  

Feb 19, 2018 10:37 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Allie Angeloni  I missed this great post and never even connected with the writer, thank you for bringing it in the forefront awesome advice. Hope all is well with you, Endre

Mar 26, 2018 10:15 PM
Allie Angeloni

Thank you so much for your comments Endre Barath, Jr. - yes, it was an interesting Blog and well worth sharing!  We are doing well, and I hope that you are, too.  Take Care!

Mar 26, 2018 11:00 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Great re-blog, Allie! We just got back from vacation but, we had someone staying at our home while we were away. Our fur babies prefer home so, it works well for both the babies and safety!

Hope you're having a great week...

Apr 03, 2018 10:02 PM
Allie Angeloni

Hope you're having a great week, too Debe Maxwell, CRS!  I know it's definitely safer to have someone staying at your house with the furkids, as we board Lola, though if we can take her, that is always our first choice.  In our community, with snowbirds, it seems that someone is always watching out for someone, so that is a good thing! 

Apr 04, 2018 03:24 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Allie Angeloni - Stay safe and healthy! Thinking good thoughts for the two of you!

Aug 19, 2018 09:18 PM
Allie Angeloni

Thank you for your kind words Patricia Feager - wishing you the same!  Hope you are having a nice Summer in Southlake!

Aug 19, 2018 09:46 PM