Living with a significant other can provide a tremendous sense of security. Not only do you have somebody else in the house, but it’s somebody who cares a lot about you and would probably do anything to protect your safety. And since burglars target empty homes, when your partner leaves town, your home is just one step away from vacant. If burglars casing your neighborhood know that your significant other is out of town, then all they have to do is wait for you to head out to make their move.
Don’t let this happen to you! Stay safe, even when your partner is gone, by following a few simple (but crucial) steps.
Don’t do a big goodbye outside.
Though you want to walk your partner right up to the taxi door and do a big, teary-eyed goodbye, you have to understand that that’s a spectacle for burglars. Do your big goodbye indoors, behind closed doors. You can walk outside with him or her, but when you say goodbye, say “See you in an hour!”
Try to conceal their luggage when they leave.
Don’t stand on the sidewalk with your partner’s luggage for ten minutes waiting for a taxi. Don’t let them slowly pack the car for days before the trip, making it evident they’re leaving. If you can, pull the car right up to the door or stairwell, and put the luggage in the car right before they take off. Look up and down the street before doing this to make sure nobody is watching.
Have a taxi or ride share pick them up down the street.
If your partner doesn’t have much luggage, have the taxi pick them up down the street rather than right in front of your home. A taxi or ride share vehicle is typically a sign that somebody is going to the airport.
Say goodbye when you leave the house.
Even when your partner is gone, say goodbye to a fake person when you walk out your front door. This makes it seem to onlookers as if somebody is in the house.
Move their car.
If your partner’s car doesn’t move once in several days, this is a clear sign someone is on a trip. Move their car a few times while they’re away to make it look like everyone is home.
Don’t tell people they’re gone.
When you run into neighbors outside, don’t mention that your partner is out of town. You never know who is listening.
Don’t post about their absence.
You shouldn’t post about your partner’s absence on social media, either. Any photos of them with a, “Missing you!” caption tells people you’re home by yourself. If possible, conceal his absence entirely.
Schedule the lights.
Keep the lights just as active as they would be when your partner is in town. If your partner stays up late using lights around the house, and suddenly the house is pitch black starting at 9 pm, anyone tracking your habits will realize they’re gone.
Don’t order delivery.
It’s best that no strangers walk right up to your front door and see that nobody else is home. Drive to pick up your food rather than order delivery, at least while your partner is away.
Yell across the house to someone.
Every so often, yell across the house to your partner (even though they aren’t there). A simple, “Can you bring me some toilet paper?” will make it sound to outsiders as if your partner is home.
When people call, say your partner is home, but busy.
If people call asking for your partner, never say they aren’t home. Instead, say your partner is busy or preoccupied. The solicitor could be a burglar just trying to gain information.
Having your partner home with you is the best, but when they can’t be there, pretending they’re there is the next best thing when it comes to safety.