Your garage contains valuable items, and it also provides a way into your home.
- Disconnect the remote control to your garage before you leave, so thieves can’t hack the electronic signal.
- Check into upgrading to a smart garage door opener that lets you open and close the door from your phone and will alert you when the door is opened.
Bonus tips for looking like you’re home
Burglars look for empty houses, so make sure your home looks lived-in even when you’re living it up elsewhere.
- Don’t post your vacation trips on social media until you’re back home.
- Keep a car parked in your driveway—ask a trusted neighbor to lodge their car there if you’re taking yours with you.
- Stop your mail, newspaper and other regular deliveries, like meal kits, pet food or medicine.
- Don’t cancel your lawn service. Overgrown yards can be a sign that you’re not around.
- If you don’t normally close your drapes, don’t close them when you’re gone. You can even invest in smart blinds that open and close from your phone at your command.
- A smart plug is an inexpensive way to turn your house lights on and off, making it look as though someone’s inside.
Create a burglar decoy
If, after all these precautions, there’s still a break-in, it’s a given that the thief won’t want to linger. Create a decoy: a box that a thief can easily find, filled with a little cash, costume jewelry and a few papers. Experts say that in a rush, the burglar will check entryway drawers, the sock drawer in the master bedroom or boxes on top of dressers. If they find a box with cash in it, they’ll swoop it up and go. So give them that decoy box with things you can stand to lose.
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