Summer vacation time is here, if you are planning on going away. Here are some helpful do's and don'ts.
Most burglars check for four things: something worth stealing, easy access to the house, low visibility, and a home that is unoccupied. If all of these conditions are met, your home is an easy target. Here are some quick Do’s and Don’ts will help towards protecting your home.
- Fool thieves by making your home look occupied at all times. Use light timers, or timers for the TV or a radio.
- Change the pattern of the lights you leave on when you’re away. Leaving the same light on always could tip-off thieves and signal you aren’t home.
- Maintain an everyday appearance by leaving some curtains and blinds open.
- Turn down the volume on your phone ringer and answering machine so they can't be heard outside.
- Keep outside gates locked.
- Keep the door between the garage and the house locked.
- Install motion detector lights outside to ensure the perimeter of your house is well lit.
- Organize or participate in a community watch program.
- Lock valuables and important documents in a safe or other secure location.
- Ask one of your neighbours to park their car in your driveway.
- Cancel newspapers and have a neighbour pick up fliers and other papers from your porch.
- Trim back bushes and shrubs that might obstruct entries to your home.
- Leave a message on your answering machine saying that you aren’t at home.
- Let newspapers and mail pile up. Ask someone you trust to collect your newspapers and mail daily while you are away.
- Leave garbage cans out on the curb.
- Leave a key hidden outside under a flower pot or window sill. Thieves know where to look!
- Leave tools or ladders outside which can be used to gain access to your home.
- Leave valuable items in clear view of the windows.