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Old 05-09-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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I'm thinking of travelling to Canada for June and July. What safety measures should I follow for my house here?

Here's what I'm thinking so far :
1) have a co-worker check on the house once a week.
2) have a timer switch to control the outside lights for nights.
3) Maybe install one of those 6 camera security systems they sell at Costco.

Anything else?
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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If the camera is just filming but is not hooked up to a monitored alarm company, then what's the point? You come home to find things missing and you have to review 2 months of footage? I may be missing the point though, since I am unfamiliar with Costco camera systems.

I have traveled for longer periods of time (though never more than one month). I have timers on interior lights, motion flood lights outdoors, and a monitored alarm system. I don't have people check on the house but I always alert my neighbor and let them know when we'll be out of town and they do the same. That way I know they'll be more observant if they see something sketchy.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Have the house checked, yard maintained, mail gathered/cancelled, turn off your main water. Turn off your hot water tanks. Turn off/up your a/c.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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Turn off the gas main as well.

If you have a home phone, you might want to forward the calls to your cell.

Put a couple inside lights on a random timer, but have your bedroom light go on and off at the same time every morning and night.

Ask the neighbor to bring in any flyers/newspapers/etc. that might be left on your door or mailbox.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:00 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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You forgot:
- postpone newspaper delivery (if any)
- postpone Mail delivery
- have neighbours check, unless they do not like you ...

If you have a lawn (with grass), who will mow for two months ?
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:45 PM
 
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Great advice everyone.

The Costco cameras are hooked up online so I can monitor my place with my iPhone. I have a pool so I can't turn off the water. I'll take the rest of your advice into consideration.

Thank you all
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: SW France
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See if you could get someone to park in your driveway from time to time.

Anything that makes it look as if people are coming and going is good.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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Turn off the water supply to your washing machine. For some reason those rubber hoses like to burst when they are not being used.


Edit: Wait a minute. Does your pool fill itself? Do you have a pool company that needs water to service the pool? How would turning off the water affect the pool?
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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I'd avoid mentioning to anyone that doesn't need to know that you'll be gone....

I'm kinda shocked at how many of the parents in my daughter's dance class love to brag/blab about their upcoming vacations.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:58 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I'd avoid mentioning to anyone that doesn't need to know that you'll be gone....

I'm kinda shocked at how many of the parents in my daughter's dance class love to brag/blab about their upcoming vacations.
I really agree with this .... Don't post it on Facebook, etc ...
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