While many of us anticipate the much-deserved summer vacation, don’t let your travel excitement blind you in taking the necessary precautions to protect your home while you’re gone. Did you know that the majority of burglaries occur in the summer and approximately 66% of all burglaries are residential? The last thing anyone wants is to come home from vacation only to find their home was broken into.
Make your home looked lived in:Perhaps one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it’s effective. To create the illusion that your home is occupied, set timers for the interior and exterior lights to turn on and off. Cancel newspaper or magazine deliveries or ask a neighbor to collect them for you to prevent them from piling on your porch.
Stash your valuables: Keep your valuables such as jewelry and expensive electronics out of plain sight. Place items in a safe or hide them strategically around the house.
Consider installing a security system: What better way to secure your home than with a home security system? These systems have a control panel, door and window sensors, motion sensors, glass break sensors, and, thanks to technology, these features can be monitored using your cell phone.
Keep your car safe: If you have a garage, keep your car parked inside while away. If you don’t have a garage, consider a public garage. If you park your car outside of your home, make sure that no windows are left cracked, hide all valuables so they are out of plain sight, and check that the doors are locked. Use a warning device such as a steering wheel lock ward off potential robbers.
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