For many, the annual onset of summer means a short trip out of town. For others, it's time to pack up, lock up and head North for the summer.
As you make your travel plans, it's a good idea to be mindful of the fact that thieves and burglars are watching the calendar too. And they know that many homes are left unattended for extended periods during the summer months. So before you leave, remember to take some standard safety measures to ensure the security of your home. That includes locking all doors and windows, making sure the outside of your home is well lit and keeping your shrubs neatly trimmed to eliminate hiding places. The extra time and effort will be worth the additional peace of mind and security you'll have while you're away.
As with many crimes, a residential burglary most often is a crime of opportunity. In other words, criminals are attracted to targets that are easy and inviting. And for a burglar, there's no more inviting target than an isolated, unlit, vacant home. That's where personal safety comes in. There are other things you can do as well to protect your home and property. Some common-sense security tips can make your home less inviting to thieves, particularly when you're not there. The best advice is to give your home a lived-in appearance at all times, even when you're not there. This will act as a deterrent to burglars and cause them to move on to an easier mark.
But how do you make your home appear to be occupied, even when it's not? Here are a few tips to keep in mind before leaving your home:
Practicing good safety habits will dramatically decrease your chances of becoming a crime victim. Public safety must start in the home. With just a handful of common-sense precautions, residents can make themselves and their property uninviting to criminals.
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