Before you pack your bags whether for just an evening or afternoon out or for a long holiday visit or end-of-year vacation, take a safety survey to make sure your empty house isn’t putting out the welcome mat for burglars. Walk around the perimeter to observe whether your shrubbery is obscuring your windows and, if so, cut it back. And ensure you have a deadbolt lock that’s strong and sturdy can thwart crimes of opportunity. Don’t assume that daylight is a safe time – we’ve heard of more burglaries in the Wilmington and surrounding areas where casing is occuring at night and the actual break-ins during the day. Think safety 24/7.
Here are some other suggestions from the experts at Consumer Reports and the National Crime Prevention Council for keeping your possessions safe while you’re away.
- Before you leave let one of your neighbors know where you’re going, for how long and the best way to contact you.
- Double check that all doors and windows are locked.
- Make sure your house appears lived-in by setting household lights (inside and out) on timers. Consider installing motion lights(inside and out).
- Have a neighbor park a car in your driveway to make it appear as if someone is home.
- Have your newspapers and mail held or ask a friend to pick them up every day.
- Invest in an alarm. An alarm system controls access points to your home and lets you know if someone has invaded your space.
- Security Alarms, especially noisy ones, can provide an extra layer of security.
- Leave a radio or tv on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
- Purchase magnetic Window/Door Alarms. Available at most Home Depot & Lowes. These alarms are simple to mount to your window or door with the double-sided adhesive for a hassle free peel-and-stick installation. The alarm is battery powered, 100% wireless and has an easy to use on/off switch. What’s more they are loud.
- Ensure large displays of holiday gifts are not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.