Summer is the season of weekend vacations and beach getaways. The last thing any homeowner wants to worry about is a burglar creeping around their home while they’re away. Here are eight safety tips that will make your home less of a target for robbers this summer.
1. Get a security system.
If you already have an alarm and motion-activated lights, great. However, you should also install a heavy-duty lock strike plate on your door. You can also add sash pins to double-hung windows to make them more secure.
2. Give the illusion that people are in your home.
An unkempt lawn is a huge clue to burglars that you’re not home. Mow it before you leave, and hire someone to keep it trimmed while you’re gone.
3. Don’t fall for solicitors.
Robbers will often pose as solicitors to see what’s inside your home. If someone comes to your door, don’t open it. And if you do, keep the door tightly cracked so they can’t see inside.
4. Hide your valuables.
Stash away your new laptop, favorite jewelry, and any other valuables in your home. Hide them deep in a closet, an unsuspecting dresser drawer, or even in a safe.
5. Record your valuables.
It’s a good idea to take pictures of your valuables, along with their serial numbers. If the worst happens, you’ll have a record of what was taken, and you’ll be able to confirm the items are yours if they’re recovered by the the police.
6. Pack discreetly.
Be smart about where you pack your car. If possible, keep the garage door closed so your car is out of sight. This way, you can load your bikes, coolers, and boogie boards into the trunk without a criminal snooping around to catch wind that you’re leaving.
7. Break down boxes.
If you’ve purchased new goodies to take on your summer vacation, don’t leave the empty boxes on the curb or beside your house. Instead, break down the boxes and put them in your recycling bin or trash can.
8. Don’t post on social media.
It’s tempting to post about your vacation on Facebook and Instagram, but it’s not a great idea to share your travel plans with hundreds of people. Wait to post until you’re home. It’s better not to risk it.