VACATIONERS AND SEASONAL RESIDENTS READ THIS (SOUTHERN NH)
1. Drive by the property at least every 2 to 3 days to check on the place.
2. Put your outdoor light(s) on a timer or ask someone to at least occasionally put them on at night. Motion lights are also inexpensive, easy to install, and good to have, especially in the back yard, front, and pretty much anywhere else anybody could sneak up to your home.
3. Leave at least one indoor visible light on such as a living room or kitchen light so someone that nears your home will think there is a possibility that somebody is there.
I used to install security systems and one of the first customers I went to about five years ago lived in a relatively quiet Manchester neighborhood. The houses were pretty close together, however, her house got broken into 3 times before she purchased an alarm system. An important theme would be to give them the impression that you are home. That alone usually deters people.
Lastly, I also suggest that you ask your "house sitter" or hire someone to rake your lawn at least once per week depending on how fast your leaves build up. That is a sure sign, sort of a red flag that provokes thieves to knock on your door when they see leaves built up. It visibly decreases the likelihood that someone is there, creating a better chance at getting away with stealing or vandalizing something.
Along with the free advice, I can do these things for you, for a small fee. I will gladly come to your property, rake your lawn or any other type of odds and ends jobs you need done for a reasonable rate. This is an ideal situation for someone that either doesn't have the time or budget to do it themselves. Please email me what your needs are and when you would like it done. Hiring someone such as a popular landscaping company that would charge you likely hundreds more after a few visits to clear the leaves from your yard.
I will suggest what I notice while there, tell you what I know as far as how much the item or service would cost (usually very inexpensive seemingly common sense "enhancements") and help you with providing that service if I can. If I am unable to, I will tell you who to contact or how to obtain what it is that you might think you need. Please keep in mind, cost is usually kept as low as possible and the majority of anything I would suggest to you, next to an alarm, which is actually very simple to install yourself, would be the most expensive item I could suggest. I probably never would. You could go on "an auction listing company" and buy each and ANY part to every alarm system out there for literally a fraction, USUALLY LESS THAN A HUNDREDTH, of what they charge you upon installation when you sign a contract.
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