Don’t hit the road without reviewing a few home and travel security tips first!
While this is the time of year when many of you are looking forward to a family getaway, this is also the time of year when thieves are looking for someone to rob. Luckily, there are a few devices and strategies that will help you stay safe and avoid becoming a victim as you enjoy your time away.
Door Stop Alarm
Talk to your home security rep or simply shop online for a door stop alarm that can travel with you. Battery operated and small enough to carry in your luggage, most are shaped just like an old-fashioned door stop, but with the added feature of sounding an alarm whenever someone tries to enter a room once it has been lodged under the door.
Tie Your Luggage Together
If you have to layover at a connecting airport between flights, take a cable lock with you. These are the same kind of locks you’d secure a bicycle with, but they are also a good solution for tying luggage together while you use the restroom or just take a nap while waiting for a flight. Most thieves are looking for a single bag to steal when someone looks away, but two or more tied together is enough of a deterrent to tell the bad guys to look elsewhere.
Lock Your Phone
Even if you don’t use one in your everyday life, place a passcode on your phone before you travel. If you’re like most people, you’ve got a lot of sensitive data stored in your phone and you are often distracted when traveling between locations (thus making it an opportune time for pick-pocketers to strike). Using a phone locator app is also a good idea, but even if you locate your phone, if your data’s not safely locked inside of it, a thief has all the access he needs.
Monitor Your Home
Don’t forget to make use of mobile applications that allow you to keep an eye on your home when you’re away. Not only can you monitor intrusions, but you’ll also be able to know when an authorized worker has entered or exited the home. You can even be notified about a maintenance concern (such as flooding from a broken pipe or appliance) right away by downloading a home monitoring app on your smartphone. Speak with your home security rep about the exact app that you need for your phone or tablet’s operating system.
Practice Year-Round Security Tips
Bear in mind that these security tips extend beyond the holiday season. As this is the busiest travel time of the year, however, pay special attention to them right now. If you have friends or family members who are gearing up for takeoff, but sure to share this post with them, too.
The Floor Is Yours
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