Home Security Tips that Help Prevent Burglaries

by Executive Housing Consultants, Inc 12/07/2018

A struggle that everyone faces is keeping priorities straight. As careers advance, families grow, and financial responsibilities increase, some priorities fall by the wayside.

One example of how that can happen is with home security. When you have your mind on twenty other things that need to be taken care of this week, it's easy to forget about consistently locking doors, turning on security lights at night, and being observant of suspicious activity or people in your neighborhood.

There are dozens of home security mistakes people make every day, most of which are the result of complacency or a lack of awareness. Probably one of the biggest security blunders many homeowners and renters make is broadcasting the fact that they're away from home, traveling, or planning to leave the house for any period of time.

In many cases, you may be unaware of security breaches you're creating. In an era in which nearly everyone has a social media presence, it's very common to let your guard down and announce on Facebook or another platform that you're planning to go to a high school reunion, a wedding, or a week-long vacation at a Florida theme park.

While sharing personal information on social media or blogs may be one way to keep in touch with friends and family, it's often safer to be a little vague about exact dates and times you're away from home. Once you've returned, there's certainly no harm in providing a full account of your travel adventures, but doing so beforehand can be a little risky -- especially if you haven't set your social media account settings to private

Forgetting to have your mail or newspaper delivery suspended for the duration of your absence is another way people inadvertently advertise the fact that their house is unoccupied. The ideal scenario is to have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your home while you're gone. That enables them to report any trespassers or other suspicious activity to the police.

Even if you don't have mail or unread newspapers piling up in your mailbox, driveway, or front steps, there's still the chance that an unexpected package will be delivered and left out in the open for passersby to see. You can't always predict when a box, a catalog, or an advertisement is going to be left at your home, so it pays to have a friend, relative, or neighbor check on your house daily to remove any telltale signs that no one's home.

Perhaps the ultimate in home security is to have closed circuit cameras, monitored alarms, and/or a wireless security system installed in your home. Once you get the hang of it, being able to monitor and control different aspects of your home environment remotely can enhance your security, your safety, and your sense of well-being.

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Executive Housing Consultants, Inc. is the residential real estate company specializing in the rental and management of luxury properties in the Washington Metro area. This includes Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Potomac and North Potomac, Maryland, Upper Northwest Washington, DC, and McLean, Arlington and Great Falls, Virginia. Executive Housing Consultants was founded in 1983 to provide exceptional service and management of high-end rental housing. Our founders, Libbie Mathes and Rochelle Scissors, traveled the world and were disappointed with their experiences with the leasing and management of their homes in the Washington area while abroad. They recognized the need for a well-run, property management company. Libbie and Rochelle believed they could manage and run a rental real estate firm more efficiently than any of the companies they had dealt with during their time away. They also discovered the need for quality temporary housing in Washington. So they created our short-term furnished portfolio to serve those visiting Washington for a temporary stay and those relocating to the area that need a furnished property while they looked for a permanent housing solution. In 1997, Brian Ridgway took over Executive Housing Consultants and has continued our strong reputation of offering high-quality, upscale temporary and long-term rental real estate. Mission Statement Executive Housing Consultants Inc. is a leader in providing luxury temporary housing to our clients in the Washington Metro area. Our pledge is to offer exceptional housing and superior service while maintaining the highest level of integrity and strict ethical values. In addition, we promise to: Be loyal to our clients. Protect our clients’ interests in all matters. Promptly and diligently respond to our clients’ needs and the needs of their properties. Remain the experts in our industry. Why Are We Unique? We are truly the experts in this industry. Leasing and managing rental properties in the Washington Metro area is our niche; it is ALL we do. We offer unparalleled expertise, service, and value to our clients. In addition: Our contact and referral network is vast. We set the standard for world-class service in our industry. We are your link to success, whatever your residential rental needs maybe. Our clients own some of the most valuable real estate in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Contact Executive Housing Consultants Inc. for more info! Phone: (301)951-4111 | Email: [email protected]