Is Your House Secure?

We were talking yesterday with a bunch of fellow travelers.  The conversation went to travel blogging. One of them said,

“Our travel blog is private.  Only our family members can access it. We don’t want to advertise the times our home is vacant.”

picture of security door

Just don’t invite them if you are not home

Today I was enjoying reading Rudy Maxa’s Travel Minutes, looking for his take on airline ticket purchasing. Rudy posted this neat article a couple of months ago about exposing your house during your absences.

House thieves in a large city apparently obtained, on an ongoing basis, “stop orders” for the daily newspaper. We never considered stopping our newspaper a risk — quite the opposite, we figured we were methodically covering our absence from the sticks and bricks home.

Our rolling home now moves rather frequently. It might be difficult for an under-achiever to find our house. Just in case, though, we don’t want to disclose the best times to not find us home.

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10 responses to “Is Your House Secure?

  1. Chuck Nesbit

    This risk has made me reluctant to attempt travel blogging or post pictures while we are traveling on Facebook.

  2. Richard Hunt

    We have been fortunate to have our home well attended while we are away. Much of the time our very good neighbors keep our home from looking vacant (papers, flyers, mail, trash pickup, lawn, etc.) as well as noting any visitors or vehicles stopping there. They are for the most part home bodies and look forward to going out to eat (on us) and a few games of Blitz when we return. We will miss them as we move home base to Florida, but expect to have and be good neighbors at Travelers Rest RV Resort.

    • Yes Richard, we only hear very nice things about Travelers Rest. I love their tennis courts, golf course, and swimming pool, popcorn on movie nights there, and they have a ham radio club station. You need to look into ham radio, my friend. Perfect place for you to start on this.

  3. Our circumstances are different. We have a totally empty house for sale. When our insurance agent found out we had to change our homeowners policy to an “empty house” policy. Much more risk for them, and much higher premiums for us.

  4. Pat and I have discussed this at length, and I have been wondering if I should continue with a blog and my Facebook, twitter, and Jauntlet micro blogs. When we are gone our home is looked after by good neighbors and we have a monitored security system. Early on. I tried to keep our home’s location hidden, but that proved to be an impossible task. Many enjoyed reading about our adventures, and that makes me want to keep it up, but you never know who is following you. Even a Facebook check-in at a nearby restaurant could be problematic. Not sure what I will do when we next go back on the road for and extended period of time. You full timers have it easier.

    • Several of you have raised the question of FB blogging during absence from your home. Is it not true, FB posts are only visible to the circle you designate (e.g., (1) friends, or (2) friends plus friends of friends, or (3) all)?

      This would seem to ameliorate concerns about home security, except for letting family know they can borrow your grill and lawnmower and can use your hot tub while you’re gone.

  5. Yes, my Facebook posts are only visible to my friends. I have it set that way. But, twitter is wide open as is the web.

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