Protect Your Home While You Are Away
Home sweet home . . Did you know that most burglaries occur during daylight hours when victims of burglary are either at school or work? Data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2015 shows that an average property loss accounted for $2,316 per break in. With an estimated 1,579,527 acknowledged housebreaks, victims suffered over $3.6 billion in property losses. Although that number has decreased by 0.6 percent from 2015 to 2016, these numbers do not account for any additional psychological costs to the homeowners.
It is unfortunate that no one is completely relieved from burglary. Whether you’re looking to protect your home while you are away on vacation or simply away at work, your first line of defense is to obstruct burglars and not make your home a target.
Use these tips to help protect your home while you are away:
- Install motion sensor light and/or security system around your home and garage.
- Place automatic timers on your lights and set them for different times for different rooms.
- Do not leave your valuables such as jewelry, art work or electronics sitting out in plain view. Hide these items in inconspicuous places such as old laundry detergent boxes.
- Place “Beware of Dog” and home alarm signs in your yard. Even if you do have a dog or an alarm, this may deter potential thieves from trying to enter.
- Alert friends and neighbors when you will be away for an extended period of time so that they can look out for suspicious behavior.
- Have a neighbor shovel or mow your grass if you will be away for a few days. This will give the impression that someone is at home.
- Never leave information about how long you will be gone on social media or answering machine.
Use the Safe Planning Checklist to keep your home safe at all times of day and when traveling.