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!!
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.
#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.
#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.
Full artcile by Stacey Freed on Homelogic.com.
Broker / Owner of NextHome Antonelli Realty
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