Protect Your Home While You’re on Vacation
Steps to Protect Your Home While on Vacation
In a report released on September 2015, the FBI gathered information through their Uniform Crime Reporting Program, and one of the highlights from the report was that there were an estimated 8.2 million property crimes with victims losing approximately 14.3 billion dollars. Twenty percent of property crimes were burglaries, which means that you should do everything you can to protect your home while on vacation.
Hold the Mail
You should have your mail held as well as newspaper deliveries and packages. When mail piles up or packages sit on the porch, that’s a sure sign to burglars that your home is ripe for the taking. Burglars are always on the prowl for easy targets where they know the owners won’t be home for a long time, or where the owners have been lax about home security. With mail and papers piling up, you might as well be waving a sign at thieves that you’re not home.
If you have the money, you can hire a house sitter to make sure that your home is entirely safe from burglars. You’ll have to find a person who is trustworthy though. Hire a landscaping company to mow the lawn and do maintenance while you’re gone. An overgrown lawn is another sign for burglars. If you can’t hire someone, ask a neighbor to take out your trash, remove flyers and packages and keep an eye on the home while you’re gone.
Added Security and Locks
Before heading out on your long vacation, you might want to consider an alarm system. At the very least, you should have strong deadbolts and window locks that can’t be forced easily. The FBI reports that only 12.7 percent of burglary offenses are ever cleared. It’s important that your home is protected from burglars in the first place. A locksmith in Henderson can assess your locks and install deadbolts that will protect your home.