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Keeping Your Home Safe While You Are Away

By on May 9, 2014

Brown Tract HouseSummer vacation is right around the corner, and that means that you might be away from your home for an extended amount of time. Your BBB would like to remind you that while you may be relaxing, a burglar may not be. Here are a few tips on how to keep your home free from burglary while you are gone.

1. Don’t discuss your travel plans on social media. Even though your security settings may be strong, your friends’ settings may not be. If they like or comment on your status, your status is now posted on their timeline meaning it could be open for anyone and everyone to see.
2. Arrange for your lawn to be taken care of if you are going to be gone a week or more. A freshly mowed lawn gives the appearance that you are home even if you aren’t.
3. Ask a neighbor for help. If you can, you may want to let a trustworthy neighbor know you are going to be gone so that they can keep an eye on your property. Consider asking them to clean up any litter or trash they see around your property as some would-be burglars may drop something on your lawn one day and return to see if it is still there the next.
4. Cover windows on your garage door. If your garage door has windows, you may wish to cover them so that a thief can’t check to see if a vehicle is home.
5. Be careful with your outgoing messages. It is a good idea to avoid leaving outgoing messages on your voicemail or answering machine saying you are out of town.
6. Don’t leave your home address in your car. If you are leaving your car at the airport, don’t leave your home address anywhere in the car, and avoid marking your home on your GPS.
7. Hold any mail or newspapers. If your mailbox is full and there are unread papers on your door step, everyone is going to realize that you aren’t home, thus making it any easy target for thieves.

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