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Keeping Your Home Safe While On Vacation

November 9th, 2012 · No Comments

While most of us take pleasure in the summer months as this means vacation and camping trips for the whole family and friends, burglars also have so much to enjoy at this time of the year, for obvious reason, of course. Mostly homeowners are away from home thus, leaving their homes easy targets for the robbers.

 A considerable number of break-ins could be avoided by observing simple precautions such as canceling a newspaper delivery, placing timers on lamps, and having a neighbor take in the mail. A number of burglaries are made without force, meaning through an open door or window, which underscores the importance of locking your doors and windows, even if you’re only away for five minutes.

Of the majority of burglaries that occur each year, many of them are avoidable. In fact, nine out of 10 home break-ins could have been prevented if homeowners take preventive measures like making their homes burglarproof.

 Securing your home, whether you’re home or away for just a few minutes—could save you a lot of money. Light, time, and noise are a homeowner’s greatest weapons in the fight to stop a home burglary.

 Here are some specific tips to follow before you go on vacation:

  • Examine your house from the street and ensure that there are no valuables, like expensive electronics or artwork that are visible from the street. One thing to remember, if an ordinary passerby can see your belongings, so can would-be robbers.
  • Lock and fasten all doors and windows. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate.
  • Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track to thwart an intruder from forcing the door.
  • Always lock the door to your attached garage.
  • Make it appear that you’re at home – use timers on lights, radios, and televisions.
  • Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted. You can do this by installing low-voltage outdoor lighting.
  • Never leave clues that there is no one in the house. Ask a neighbor to collect your mail and newspapers—or ask for them to be held. You can also request a neighbor to park in your driveway so that it appears someone is at home.
  • Keep some shades and blinds up and curtains open to keep a normal appearance.
  • Do not leave any message on your answering machine saying you are on vacation.
  • Trim the shrubbery close to your home’s entrance and walkway. This prevents a would-be burglar from hiding in tall, bushy foliage.
  • Organize or join a community watch program to protect your neighborhood.
  • And, of course, if you have a home security system, activate it when you leave. The more difficult you make it for the intruder, the less likely he or she will force their way into your home.
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