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4 Tips That HOA Members Should Remember When Taking A Trip
Posted on March 6, 2019 8:00 AM by HOA Sites
Categories: HOA Website
Throughout the year, many homeowners rush to get the supplies needed for their trips, but one critical matter they tend to forget is the security of their home.  When a home is left empty for a prolonged period of time, it becomes susceptible to several risks such as fires and theft.  Try exercising the following safety strategies to minimize the risks and keep your property safe while you’re away.
Setting Lights On A Timer

One indicator that burglars use to know a place is empty is an absence of lights for days or lights that are consistently on at the same time each day.  Fortunately, these days there are smart lighting control systems that help confuse any potential intruder.  When the lights go on and off at normal times, it increases the chance an intruder might reconsider breaking in.
Ask Friends To Help

If you’ll be gone for a few days or longer, asking a friend to check on your property periodically is an excellent tactic that improves safety.  With an active community on the neighborhood website, that platform could be used to inform neighbors so they don’t mistakenly raise an alarm.
Stop All Mail & The Newspaper

An overflowing mailbox or a stack of newspapers at your doorstep is an obvious sign that nobody is home.  Some homeowners inform the mail service and newspaper person to stop delivering temporarily.  Upon returning home, be sure to notify the post office and collect mail that accumulated during your trip.
Make A Security Check

Before you leave, double check that everything is in order.  Are the doors and windows locked?  Is the main circuit breaker turned off?  Is the water supply turned off at the point of entry?  These small tasks could save your home from intruders and accidental fires or flooding.  As a homeowner who wants to help the community, take advantage of this opportunity and share these tips on the neighborhood website so more neighbors enjoy their trip.
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