Summer break, road trips, family vacations…plenty of reasons to flee to the beach or head out on a summer adventure! Unfortunately, studies by the Department of Justice show that burglaries increase by over 10 percent in the summer. With many homes unattended during this time, you are more likely to targeted.
These helpful tips will help protect your home from un-desirerables and keep your mind at ease when you are out of town.
Face book & Social Media
Be careful what you post! Some experienced burglars will follow your activity on social media and will know when and who to target. Change your privacy settings and wait to post any photos/updates until you return.
Turn on the Lights!
Make your home look lived in and occupied while you are away. The addition of timers for your lamps and / or a radio will add the effect of someone living in the home. For extended trips, have your neighbor move any outdoor furniture around periodically in order to give the look of someone still at home. Notify your post office that you are away so they hold your mail. A bulk collection of mail or newspapers at your home is a dead giveaway that someone has left the house.
Lock It! Secure It!
It should go without saying….Don’t forget to lock up! Double check that all access areas, including windows, door and the garage are secured before leaving. If you have a security alarm, check and confirm it’s activated and also see if there is an app associated with it so you can be notified of any suspicious activity or disarm upon return. Local IP (internet protocol) cameras are an inexpensive way to view your home and property from anywhere. They can also record or take a photo if motion is detected, and then email it to you.
Befriend Your Neighbor
Having a close neighbor will only ease your mind while you are away. Your neighbors or friends can be your best asset to make sure your home is secured & monitored, so share contact information for your trusted neighbor and friend.
Prevent other potential disasters
Burglaries aren’t the only issue while on away. Make sure your home is ready to handle any other disaster or issue. Double check smoke detectors, turn off the main water valve to prevent floods and adjust your AC or heat while away, and double check the kitchen appliances before heading away.