Top 10 tips for securing your home when traveling

Top 10 tips for securing your home when traveling

The Kelley/Westbrook Group offers expert advice on securing your home while traveling this summer, particularly in areas like Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu, Venice, and Pacific Palisades. Here are their top 10 tips to ensure your home remains safe and secure during your vacation:

1. Install a Home Security System: Ensure you have a robust home security system in place. Modern systems often include alarms, cameras, and motion detectors that can alert you and the authorities of any suspicious activity .

2. Use Smart Home Technology: Utilize smart home devices like smart lights and smart plugs to create the illusion that someone is home. Schedule lights to turn on and off at different times, and control these devices remotely  .

3. Secure All Entry Points: Double-check that all doors and windows are securely locked. Consider installing deadbolts and window locks for added security. Don’t forget to secure any sliding doors with a rod in the track .

4. Hold Your Mail: Request a mail hold from the USPS or have a trusted neighbor collect your mail and packages. Overflowing mailboxes are a clear sign that no one is home .

5. Keep Your Plans Private: Avoid posting your travel plans on social media. Sharing your absence publicly can alert potential thieves that your home is vacant .

6. Enlist Help from Neighbors: Inform a trusted neighbor of your travel plans and ask them to keep an eye on your property. They can also park their car in your driveway occasionally to give the appearance that someone is home .

7. Maintain Your Yard: Hire someone to mow your lawn and take care of any outdoor maintenance while you’re away. An unkempt yard can indicate an empty house .

8. Set Up Timers for Electronics: Use timers for your TV and radio to create noise and light inside the house at various times of the day and night .

9. Secure Valuables: Lock up valuable items such as jewelry, important documents, and electronics in a safe. Consider hiding the safe in a less obvious place like a basement or attic .

10. Use Blinds and Curtains Wisely: Close your blinds and curtains, but not all the way. This prevents outsiders from peeking in while still giving the appearance that someone might be home .

For more personalized advice and additional security tips, feel free to contact Jocelyn Kelley at (310) 963-2524 or Hays Westbrook at (508) 901-1202. You can also visit us at ( for further information.

Top 10 tips for securing your home when traveling
Top 10 tips for securing your home when traveling
Top 10 tips for securing your home when traveling


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