Whether you are taking a weekend get-away or going away for the entire summer, you'll want to defend your home and possessions from burglars. We can't guarantee that someone won't break into your home while you are gone, but there are certainly some easy things you can do to minimize the risk of a burglary.
Protect Your Home While You're Away: Burglary Defense Tips
- Have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers.
- During an extended vacation, make arrangements to have someone mow your lawn or trim your bushes.
- Leave lights on automatic timers.
- Notify your local police department that you will be away.
- Ask a neighbor or friend to stop by your house periodically; have them open and close blinds, turn on different lights.
- Let your neighbors know when you are leaving and when you plan to return home and if you are expecting anybody at your house while you are away.
- Burglars want easy access to your home. Make sure all trees and shrubs are trimmed near all doors and windows where intruders might hide. Add exterior lights and consider lights that are activated by motion sensors.
- Burglars like to work quickly, so try to slow down their path into and
around the house. You can accomplish this with:
- deadbolt locks
- window locks
- bars placed in the tracks or track locks on all sliding glass doors and windows (if they would not impede your escape in an emergency)
- locks on all doors and windows
- Don't place the fact you are gone on your telephone answering machine.
- Don't broadcast the fact that you'll be away on Twitter, Facebook, craigslist, in your blog or anywhere else on the Internet.
- Don't hide your keys on your property.
- A nosy neighbor is a burglar's worst enemy. Get to know your neighbors and work out an arrangement to watch each other's houses. Let them know when you will be gone and whether any deliveries are expected during your absence.
- Store jewelry and other valuables in a safe hiding place, such as a safety deposit box.
- Go through each room and write down a list of possessions, including serial numbers. Take pictures of your valuables and keep them in a safe place or with a friend or relative. This will help in the event of a burglary.