Feeling safe and secure in your home is priceless, so it is important to set up the proper security measures to protect your home when you go out of town. Here are 11 ways you can secure your home from security experts, Safewise. Check out our other home safety blogs, Essentials for Your Home Emergency Prep Kit and How to Make Your Home Senior Friendly!   

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1. Secure Doors 

Inspect all exterior doors to ensure the door frames are sturdy, and the hinges are protected.   

2. Lock the Windows 

Windows are a common entry point for burglars and commonly forgotten about. Go throughout the house to ensure all windows are locked!  

3. Light up the Landscape 

Place lights around your front and backyard, pathways, garage, other outdoor structures, or even in your main living area. Incorporating the proper lighting into your landscape can reduce the risk of intruders and fall hazards.  

4. Security System 

There are countless home security systems available on the market that can help keep your home safe. Whichever you choose to purchase, Safewise recommends selecting a device with motion detection, night vision, and a mobile app.  

5. Security Cameras 

Installing security cameras with a mobile app feature allows you to monitor your home anywhere, anytime. Here are some must-have features when shopping for a home security camera: motion detection, night vision, Wi-Fi capability, two-way talk, and local or cloud storage! This way you can check on your house when you are out of town! 

6. Secure the Garage 

Make it a habit to lock all doors to the garage- both interior and exterior. To protect this entry even further, consider upgrading to a smart garage door opener, secure with extra locks, and consider installing a driveway alarm.  

7. Purchase and Lock a Safe 

An in-home safe is a secure depository for everything from jewelry to vital documents like passports. You want a safe that is fire-resistant, waterproof, and heavy enough that a thief can’t walk away with it.  Make sure to put valuables in there and lock it before heading out of town. 

8. Use Home Automation 

Automating your home gives remote or scheduled control of lights, door locks, security cameras, smoke alarms, and other safety devices. Using home automation allows you to receive real-time alerts about suspicious activity so you can respond quickly and safely!  This is also very nice to be able to control and monitor the home without physically being there. 

9. Communicate with Neighbors 

It is very helpful to communicate your out-of-town plans with a trusted neighbor. Your neighbor will be able to look out for your home and text you about any suspicious activity. 

To conclude, make sure you have taken the proper security precautions in your home. Help ensure your home is safe before heading out with the security tips discussed above. In addition to your home’s security, make sure your financials are secured with a great loan product. If you or anyone you know is looking to purchase a home or refinance, connect with one of Direct Mortgage Loans’ Loan Officers today!  

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in March 2022 and has been revamped entirely for updated accuracy and comprehensiveness.