All summer long people are outdoors working on projects like lawn care, hosting barbecues, or relaxing by a pool. It can be easy to forget to close a door or window, but if they are left open they create an easy opportunity for a burglar to do his “work.” And remember, screen doors, in particular, are designed to keep out bugs, not burglars.
Garage doors are regularly used by criminals to gain access to a home during the warmer months. People go outside to do some yard work and forget to close the garage door. Criminals may steal items from the garage itself, which usually contains tools and other valuable belongings, or use it as an easy way to get into your home. Once inside, the lawbreaker can grab an armful of things quickly, and run off without ever being noticed.
Some criminals will work together during the summer months. One will come to your door and distract you, while the other sneaks into your garage, back yard or home to take whatever they can grab. Be wary of anyone who approaches your front door and don’t let them take up too much of your time. Every year thousands of burglaries occur all over the United States. Teach your family how to guard themselves and their property and do what you can to ensure a safe and happy summer for everyone.
One last tip: keep tall bushes and shrubs away from doors and windows! This denies would-be burglars additional concealment for their activities.
Crime Prevention Tips—Vacation Preparation
● Don’t announce your VACATION on voice mails or any social media outlet, such as twitter and Facebook.
● Strive to make your home look as lived-in as possible while you’re away.
● Don’t broadcast your plans, but do let your neighbors know that you’ll be gone
● Loan a spare key to your neighbors and give them an emergency telephone number to reach you.
● Arrange to have your mail and newspapers picked up daily—preferably—or have delivery stopped while you’re away.
● Use automatic timers to turn on a radio, lights, etc., at staggered intervals.
● Turn down the ringer on your telephone, as an unanswered telephone is a dead giveaway.
● Leave your blinds as you normally would if you were home.
● Be sure to lock the garage as well as any storage sheds, gates, etc. It’s also a good idea to disconnect your garage door opener if you have one.
● Ask your neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway and put out your garbage cans if you have curbside pickup. A neighbor can throw in a bag of trash as a perk for them.
● Be sure someone you trust knows your itinerary and estimated time of return.