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A great way to keep your home safe while you’re away is to make it look like you’re not. With a few easy preparations and added smart home functions, your home can appear busy and well occupied.

1.Arrange for a trusted neighbor to get your mail and snag packages from your porch. Mail piling up and visible boxes left at your doorstep is a tell tell sign nobody is home.

2.Mow the lawn before you leave town or arrange for your lawn service to manicure the yard while you’re away. A nice and tidy landscape makes your home look kept. Overgrown grass and shrubs scream abandoned.

3.Automate outdoor lighting and indoor lamps using your Virtual Keypad app.

4.Hire a reliable pet sitter to stay with your animals instead of boarding your pets.

5.Leave a car parked in your driveway or ask a neighbor to occasionally park at your house during your vacation.