Protecting Your Home While Away

Protecting Your Home While Away

By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved

Intruder Entering vaughan HouseMy Facebook newsfeed is abuzz with friends and family embarking on summer vacations, proclaiming loudly where, when and for how long they will be away from their homes. To most, this may seem like harmless excitement... but to your local neighbourhood intruder, everything you post can and will be used against you. By posting to the world (even if its just your friends) that you will be away from your home, youre essentially extending an open invitation to burglars to break into your home with minimal risk of being caught.

Here are some tips to help protect your Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill homes while away on a relaxing holiday:

  1. DO NOT post the details of your trip on social media sites. Photos and other details of your amazing vacation should only be shared upon your return home.
  2. DO leave a car parked on the driveway. It gives the appearance that someone is home - burglars want your goods, not a confrontation.
  3. DO NOT print your home address on your luggage tags. Luggage handlers have been working with burglars, updating them on those who have just departed. Use your office address or even a cellphone number.
  4. DO keep your house well lit. Burglars are terrified of a confrontation. Having your home well lit, preferably on timers goes a long way to keep criminals away.
  5. Protect your doors! Most burglaries are the result of forced entry of an exterior door - 34% using the front door. Deadbolts with a minimum one-inch throw bolt will help keep your home safe.
Taking these small steps can help ensure your Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill homes are better protected against an intruder while you're away in paradise. No one wants to return to a burglarised home.  

If you have any questions about homes in Toronto, Vaughan or Thornhill, feel free to contact me.  

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  first time home buyer toronto ontariotoronto real estate vaughan real estate for sale   ilan joseph toronto real estate brokerIlan Joseph is a Real Estate Broker with Sutton Group and is co-founder of a 10-person award-winning Toronto, Thornhill and Vaughan real estate team. You can find him on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Google+. For over 12 years, Ilan has provided more than 1650 buyers and sellers valued advice and service, enabling them to reach their real estate goals. He’s kind of like the Bruce Willis of real estate.