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No one wants to return from an extended absence to find their home has been broken into. Burglars tend to be opportunists, meaning they choose homes to target based on their perceived chances of getting caught.

A house with an overgrown lawn and lots of junk mail on the porch is a much safer bet than the one next-door that has obvious signs it’s being lived in.

Below you’ll find our top 4 list of ways you can minimize your risk of a break-in.

Put timers on your lights

Thieves are far less likely to target a home that looks like it’s lived in. If you’re not going to be home for several weeks or months, you may want to invest in an indoor light timer. This will make it appear as if someone is there, even when the property is vacant.

Make sure junk mail doesn’t pile up

One of the most obvious signs that a home isn’t being lived in relates to the amount of junk mail that’s collected on the porch. When you hire a home watch service, junk mail, newspapers and restaurant flyers will be collected and disposed of on a regular basis. If you have plants on your porch, the service provider will make sure the plants are watered. Why? Because dead plants are another telltale sign that no one has been home for weeks.

Make sure your outdoor flood lights are in working order

Burglars prefer to work in places where they’re less likely to be spotted. If you have windows or entryways on a side of your home that doesn’t get a lot of light, consider installing motion-detecting flood lights. Some experts recommend having these installed on all sides of your home. Once the lights are operational, you’ll want to make sure the lightbulbs are in working order. A floodlight with a burned-out lightbulb isn’t going to do you any favors.

Make sure your doors and windows are secure

If you need to head out of town and you’re running late, it wouldn’t be unusual for you to forget to make sure that every door and window is locked. Again, burglars are opportunists; if they find an unlocked door or window, they’ll likely take advantage of it.

In closing

If you’re going to be out of town for a while and you’d like to have someone watch over your home in your absence, call Fritz Home Watch today to learn more about our home watch services pricing.

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