1) Turn off your water when gone. Recently we had a client who left for vacation over the holidays, only to come home at 2 am to an inch deep of water in his kitchen. RUH WROH!! His dishwasher had an accidental discharge of water. The dishwasher wasn’t even running when he left, but water nonetheless came out. This & broken pipes in your washing machine are common ways in which water can be discharged onto your floor. Tip 1, turn your water off.
2) Be careful what you post on Social Media. Almost everyone is on social media these days. In fact, it was recently reported in USA Today that the oldest person on Facebook is 105 years old AND she has thousands of friends. The takeaway here is to be mindful of what you are posting. Depending on your account settings, often times many people can see your posts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. By announcing to the world that you are leaving for the Bahamas for the week, you could be setting yourself up for the wrong person finding out, doing further research and breaking into your home. It happens. Every day. Tip 2, don’t post to social media that you will be gone.
3) DO tip off the Police. Your tax dollars help support our local law enforcement. So be pro-active and keep them posted when you will be away for a week or more. Often times the police may go out of their way to drive by your house when on patrol. The increased presence in your neighborhood will be a benefit not only to you, but to your neighbors. Tip 3, let the police know you are gone.
4) Stop your mail. Nothing says, “I’m NOT HOME,” like a mailbox that is bursting at the seams. In addition to creating an enticing way for someone to steal your identity by taking your mail, it also indicates that no one is home. Tip 4, stop your mail.
To Your Protection,
Doug Levi Mike Ludwig