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10 tips on how not to alert thieves to your absence: Advantages of automatic garden technology

2023-08-20
10 tips on how not to alert thieves to your absence: Advantages of automatic garden technology

When you go on vacation, it is important to minimize any signs that could alert thieves that no one is in your home. Keeping your home safe while you are away is key to protecting your property. One effective method, among others, is the use of automatic garden technology, which not only helps maintain the house as if it were inhabited, but also brings other benefits. In this article, we will look at various measures you can take.

  1. If you have a good relationship with your neighbors, you can ask them to check the house regularly, pick up the mail. A mailbox full of flyers and letters is a clear sign to thieves that no one is home for an extended period of time. For example, ask your neighbors to ventilate your house, etc.
  2. If you own a car and usually park it in front of your house, leave it there for the vacations. Empty parking space may indicate absence of residents.
  3. Use timers for lighting. Setting timers on lights throughout the house can make it look like someone is home. Set them to turn on and off in the evening as if you were normally present. Today, there are even TV simulators on the market, which, with the irregular flashing of colored LEDs after dark in the window, produce the same effect as if someone were watching TV in the room.
  4. Automated mower is the perfect helper to keep your garden tidy even in your absence. By setting your lawn mower to mow your lawn regularly, you will always have a beautifully mowed lawn that gives the impression of an inhabited home. It will appear to thieves that someone is taking care of the garden, and this may deter their unwanted interest.
  5. Another great feature of automatic garden technology is automatic irrigation. With this system, your plants and garden will be watered regularly even while you are away. Healthy and well-maintained plants give the impression of care and attention, which can indicate the presence of someone at home.
  6. If you don't want to invest in automatic gardening equipment, ask someone to take care of basic garden maintenance in your absence. Regularly mowing the lawn and watering the plants is also a sign to thieves that the house is not abandoned.
  7. Limit the public presentation of your vacation on social media. Remember that publicly displaying your vacation on social media or in public forums may attract the attention of people who should not know that your house is empty. Better share your vacation impressions when you return.
  8. Security cameras are a separate chapter. They can both act as a deterrent to burglars and give the impression that there are valuables in the house. If they are placed visibly, they should be directed so that each camera is in the field of view of another camera, so that a thief cannot turn off any of them unnoticed. Defective replica cameras currently on the market can be recognized by thieves. It is not a problem to familiarize yourself with what they look like on the Internet and discover that they are fakes
  9. Of course, the most important thing is high-quality home security with security hardware and well-locked windows.
  10. If you have a dog that lives outside in the garden on a daily basis and you have someone who takes care of it on a daily basis, think carefully about whether you can keep it indoors. The dog may not be stressed by the temporary move to an unfamiliar environment and will guard the house. However, the dog must not suffer in any way. It is absolutely necessary for the temporary caregiver to spend enough time with the dog every day, it is not enough just to feed the dog. The dog must also be well accustomed to humans, respect and obey them. In short, it should preferably be someone who visits you regularly and often, whom the dog knows well and considers a member of the family. At the same time, the dog must also tolerate your absence well. Some dogs may become stressed after being separated from their owners and may behave abnormally, they may howl and bark to disturb their surroundings, they may try to escape and look for you. Therefore, the individuality of the dog and its needs must be taken into account. Each breeder should be approached very thoughtfully as to whether their dog will tolerate temporary solitude well. If we are really not sure and do not want to stress the dog, it is better to place it with friends on vacation or, for example, in a dog hotel, where it will be well cared for.

These measures will help you minimize the suspicion of thieves that your home is empty. It's always good to have a network of relatives, good neighbors and friends who can help take care of your property while you're away.

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