Tips to keep your home secure, while you’re away

This week, I’m sharing some tips provided by a Phoenix police officer. This is great advice, whether you’re gone for a weekend or an extended leave!

While vacations are definitely needed to get away, recharge from work, spend time with family, etc. it’s also a busy time for burglars. I am going to cover some basic vacation security tips that you should consider utilizing in order to safeguard your home and valuables while you are away:

  • Ask a neighbor to watch your house while you are away. It is a good idea to leave your vacation address and telephone number with a trusted neighbor so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
  • Never leave your house key hidden outside your home.
  • Stop all deliveries and arrange for a neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers and packages that may get delivered.
  • Arrange for someone to maintain your yard to give the home a lived in look.
  • Plug in timers to turn lights and a radio or television on and off at appropriate times.
  • Turn the phone ringer off and do not announce your absence on voicemail.
  • Try not to post on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook your vacationing status. You never know who could be viewing your activities, such as friends of friends you have allowed in to see your site.
  • Leave your blinds, curtains or shades in a normal position. Do not close them unless that is what you normally do.
  • Close and lock garage doors (including the door entering your house from the garage), all doors leading to the exterior of the house and windows.
  • Ask a neighbor to park a car, on occasion, in your driveway or if you leave a car at home park it as you normally would. Vehicles parked outside should be moved occasionally to appear that they are being used. Do not leave any valuables in plain view in cars.
  • Lock and secure all gates, storage sheds, and even electrical boxes.
  • Contact your local police precinct and request a vacation watch to cover the time period you are gone.

It is natural for everyone to be concerned for their homes and valuables when they leave on vacation. By taking these simple precautions you can give yourself some peace of mind and lower your chances of becoming a burglary victim. Enjoy your vacation and travel safely.

Thanks to Community Action Officer Tim Mitten, Black Mountain Precinct, Phoenix Police Department

Officer Mitten

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