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My Apartment Security Cameras Caught a Thief While I Was In China

Travel is my favorite thing to do, so, of course, I do it as often as I can. This can often mean that I am away from home for days if not weeks at a time. After reading through many tech blogs, I found a great solution to keeping my apartment safe while I’m away. So, before my last trip I took to China, I decided to add some home security.

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A Little Background

Other than my constant traveling, adding home security was on my mind before my trip to China. When I moved into my new apartment recently, I had a terrible time getting my mail. The apartment building had individual mailboxes for small mail items like letters, but packages were either accepted at the office or left outside of the individual apartments. I order a lot of items online from places like Amazon in between my travel plans, and for some reason packages just stopped showing up (which is one of the reasons a lot of tech blogs say people buy apartment security systems .) I must have a huge file under my name at Amazon customer service, because I was calling so often to complain about packages not arriving.

Many of the items I ordered were for my next trip, so it was causing a problem. The apartment office manager (Jeff) kept telling me that he didn’t receive any packages for me, so I knew the packages must be getting left at my door. I didn’t want to believe that one of my new neighbors was stealing my packages, but that seemed to be the only answer to why my packages kept going missing. So this package problem just doubled my need for security while I was away, and a home security system seemed like a no-brainer.

Catching a Thief

I put one camera facing the outside of the door so it would catch anyone coming to my door on camera. Nothing happened the first couple of deliveries, but on my second day in China I had some downtime and decided to look at my phone and check out the footage. (I have night vision on my set up, nothing as high-tech as the Nocturnal Security Cameras I read about though.)

Many tech blogs offer info on great solutions for home security.

Security systems can keep your home safe while you are away traveling.

Sure enough, I caught someone stealing a package that had been delayed and sent after I left on my trek. The mail carrier dropped off two packages outside my door, stacked neatly against the door. Not five minutes later a door down the hall opened, and a teenager emerged. He walked up to my door, took one of the packages and disappeared back into the apartment down the hall. I was furious, but what could I do from where I was?

Well, since the security system was app-based, I had the entire event on camera. I emailed Jeff who was surprised. I didn’t want to press charges, so Jeff talked to the boy (who returned my package). Since then, management installed new secured locked boxes for each apartment instead of having packages left at individual doors.

I feel much safer now with our new lockboxes, but I keep my security system up for good measure. I still plan on doing a lot of traveling, so I’m better safe than sorry! Thanks Digital Addicts for the info! Gotta love finding solutions on tech blogs!

Until next time! Who knows where I’ll go. Have any ideas? Message me!

-Melanie-

A text message spy can help you find your travel buddy if you get separated.

How To Keep Track Of Your Travel Companion

So, you’re finally achieving your lifelong dream of visiting Europe, Asia, or one of the world’s other amazing continents. And you’ve already picked a travel buddy. Great! What happens if you lose track of them? Do you have a text message spy to find where they are? Or a plan to meet up somewhere if you get separated? If not, you should. Here’s how you can prevent losing your travel companion.

Stay Connected

It isn’t easy to stay connected when you’re in another country. Chances are, your cell phone won’t receive reception. Before you even set foot at the airport, you should call your service provider and find out what options are available to you – each one is different. But there are other ways you can stay connected, aside from using cell phone service. Portable Wi-Fi routers are one option. They fit conveniently in your pocket or bag and provide high-speed Internet access, no matter where you are. This way, you’ll still be able to use your navigation app, Internet browser, and even text message spy app.

Come Up With A Plan

You might get separated from your travel companion.

There are bound to be times when you accidentally get separated from each other.

What happens if you’re lost and can’t get in touch with each other? Do you plan to meet back up at the hotel or AirBnB? What about an easy to find, famous landmark? You need to figure out what’ll be the best course of action for you and your friend or family member. Personally, I always like to meet back up at the hotel, unless it’s a few hours away from where we are. When that’s the case, I like deciding on a meetup location as soon as we arrive in town.

Schedule Time Apart

Just because you’re traveling together, doesn’t mean you have to do everything with each other. There are going to occasions when you want to see a particular attraction, and your travel companion doesn’t. You should plan for these situations ahead of time. Agree to meet back up at a certain place or time later that day, or check in with each other using a text message spy app. This kind of program will let you view your companion’s GPS location, so you can make sure that they didn’t get lost while out on their own.

Do you have any other helpful tips for traveling with someone? Send them over to me, because there might be a few important ones that I’m missing.