We are blessed because we have good neighbors who keep an eye on our place. In fact, several neighbors do. One time, we forgot to tell one of the neighbors we were leaving for a few days, she wrote down the license plate and the make of the car that came and stayed at our house for too long. It was the other neighbor, in her new car, checking on our cats.
I agree with not allowing the kids to post to social media about any trips. If anyone asks, they can simply say they’re out with someone else.
We’ve never put a timer on our lights, because the neighbors who keep an eye out simply turn on different lights when they leave.
We also have a big dog who attacks the door when someone walks up – apparently, the neighbor watching the house came up one time, and he said the dog lunged so hard and fast, that even though he was on the other side of the door, he took a step back. (Now he just goes in the back door, while the dog is distracted at the front, no one said the dog was smart…)
In rural areas, we tend to keep an eye out for each other in a neighborly way. It pays to make friends with your neighbors, if they are reliable, honest people.
Also, it might be a good idea to lock all the valuables in a bolted-to-the-floor safe. Other than some electronics, about all a thief will find here is food, old furniture, some old sewing machines, and plenty of sewing material (if I’m driving, the important papers briefcase, the laptop, the external hard drive with all our photos, and the good sewing machine generally goes with me).
Statistics: Posted by Cin — Fri May 19, 2017 4:33 pm