The summer months are the perfect time for a vacation getaway. Unfortunately, they are also the perfect time for a home robbery. According to the FBI, the summer months of July and August have the highest rates of burglaries. Better Business Bureau is recommending that homeowners create an illusion of being home while away which can possibly discourage a potential burglar and keep belongings safe.
“One way to do this, is to leave a car parked in the driveway or ask a neighbor to park their car in your driveway to create the appearance of activity” said Christy Page, CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit & Wayne Counties. “We suggest having your mail and newspaper delivery suspended while you are away, or you can also ask your neighbors or friends to stop at your home to pick up your newspaper, mail and any other deliveries,” Page added.
BBB and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies offer the following 10 tips to secure your home and belongings when you are away on vacation:
· Leaving your dog at home instead of at a boarding kennel might deter an intruder. Consider asking a neighbor to take care of your animals.
· Connect your lights to automatic timers and set them to turn on and off in the evening. Most people have routines that they follow and you want to reinforce that when you’re not home.
· Arrange to have the lawn mowed at regular intervals.
· Store all your valuables.
· Leave window shades and draperies in their usual positions, but do not close them all the way on the street side of the house.
· Make sure that all the doors and windows are locked, including those in the garage, basement and attic.
· Disconnect electrical appliances and lower air conditioning/heating units to energy-saving levels.
· Invest in a very good alarm system. It is a very effective deterrent to burglary, so make sure the system is advertised by a window sticker or with a sign on the property.
· Leave a house key, itinerary and contact information with a neighbor, friend or relative. Be sure someone knows how to operate your alarm system if your home has one.
· Don’t announce your departure on social media pages like Facebook or Twitter.
For more home tips you can trust, visit http://akron.bbb.org/Consumer-Tips/.