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Many homeowners simply do not worry about their home being robbed while they're away because they think that they live in a good neighborhood. The fact is, everyone is susceptible to being robbed and burglars typically know when a home is not being lived in. Whether you're planning a trip, or you're frequently away from home, there are a few precautions you can take that will keep burglars at bay. These five top tricks will help you to out-smart burglars and to protect your home when you can't be there.

Random Light Timers

Burglars know that when many homeowners go on vacation, they leave their lights on or place them on a timer. It is likely for them to stake out your home for a few days to see if the lights turn on at the same time each day. Burglars are sure to be a bit more cautious about changing lights than those that are always on at the same time. 7-Day Random Vacation Timers will turn your lights on and off at various times while you're away, completely out-smarting burglars.

Television Timers

Instead of just putting lights on timers, you may opt to put your televisions on timers as well. Set the timers to come on at random periods when your favorite shows are airing. Having the TV on during random times of the day will make the home look lived-in.

Don't Put Out The Trash

Putting out the trash and recycling containers is something that vacationers typically do before going away. However, it is ideal to wait until you get home to put out the trash. Burglars will look for homes that have their trash and recycling placed at the curb early or homes that leave empty containers sitting at the curb after pick-up and then target those properties to see if they are being lived in.

Keeping The Curtains Open

The last thing that you'll want to do before leaving is to close up your home. Instead, leave curtains and blinds open if they are usually kept open throughout the day. This will outsmart burglars by making it look as though there is still someone in the house and allows others to see inside for suspicious activity.

Be Careful With Social Media

While it may be tempting to post your whereabouts and photos from your trip all over social networking websites, it is actually not a very good idea. Out-smart burglars by making it appear as though you're still at home. You may update your social media profile regularly, but avoid talking about your trip until you arrive back at home.

Not only should these tips be used during heavy traveling seasons such as Christmas and spring break, but should be taken advantage of during any time of year that you are planning to travel, or even if you have a busy schedule and hardly find yourself at home. Out-smarting burglars has never been easier with the technology today, so take advantage of the resources available today that will help protect your home when you can't. 

AUTHOR BIO: This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, women's interests, and the home niches. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. She got her information for this article from the professionals of Southern California Security Centers, who provide home safety features and locksmith services to those in the Long Beach area.