Every time Andrea goes on a trip, she thinks of everything she could have forgotten before closing her house. In the taxi, heading to the airport, try to remember if you secured the front door or if you disconnected the plug from the microwave or from the internet. Usually, before boarding your flight, you end up writing a message to your sister asking her to stop by your apartment, to check if everything is in order, thanks to the extra key she gave you for any emergency.
An security expert, telling a family member that we will be away and asking him to check the house is a good practice. He even assures that another additional measure is to tell neighbors that we will be away for several days. In addition, he recommends taking special care when we share information about our trips or exits on social networks. In those cases, it is best to avoid sharing how many days we will be out.
As a basic security measure, experts always warn to check the status of doors, windows and garage. It is ideal that there is an additional obstacle that discourages any intruder from entering, such as an alarm or double-locked door. And, under no circumstances should you leave a key hidden in a pot or under the rug, as it will be the first place where a stranger looks for it.
Among the advice of the experts of Liderman, a company specializing in security issues, it is emphasized that in order to avoid evidence of the absence of people at home, it is advisable to leave at least one half-closed shutter. They also suggest leaving voicemail on the fixed line activated, since a phone that does not stop ringing also shows absence.
As a practical mini guide, César Ortiz Anderson from Aprosec proposes 7 measures before leaving on a trip:
1. Place a steel plate on the door protecting the side of the lock to prevent tampering or breaking.
2. Disconnect electric garage door opener system to avoid cloning.
3. Make sure the window locks are not loose.
4. Install an alarm system or visible and hidden cameras that you can monitor from your cell phone.
5. Disconnect all appliances, but keep the electrical system on.
6. Install a safe, if possible, in a hidden place to store objects such as jewelry or money.
7. Verify that the gas and water faucets are fully closed.