It is time to enjoy your deserved vacation! WOOHOO! Right? Well, it can be all too easy to become a little complacent in securing your home or vehicles. To make matters worse, a house, apartment or car left empty while its owners are traveling is a tempting target for criminals. It’s important that every traveler take certain key steps to keep his or her home safe and sound while seeing the world. Basic preventative measures which most take only minutes to complete can work wonders to help you keep your home and car safe from invasions, damages and more while you’re away. Make sure your locks are in great working condition if you’re unsure contact us today at (714) 707-6620 if repairs or replacement are needed.
Crafty burglars will be on the move in any time of the day without notice and take advantage of your relaxed security. Let me give an example, a lot of cases of summertime burglary involve an individual entering your home through an unlocked front door while you were shortly absent having a good time. As a matter of fact, a large number of break-ins or the quick snatch and grabs that take place any time of year gain entry to a home or building through unlocked windows and doors, most often at the rear of the property. But, you can prevent burglars by taking a few steps to ensure your safety:
Say you need to make a quick run to the store… Don’t leave the door unlocked. Those not so familiar people you saw walking around earlier may be looking for this type of action or thinking. Make sure all your windows and doors are securely closed and locked when you are out of the house. If you are in the back yard, Lock all the doors and windows in the front of the house, even close the garage. Burglars and thieves are opportunists and will jump at a quick picker upper and can get into your home/garage and take valuable items in just seconds without you ever noticing until its too late.
In a world where it seems everyone is blabbing about their business on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it’s important to stop and think: Who exactly is reading this stuff? The anonymity of the internet can encourage us to share personal information without fully realizing that there may be hundreds of complete strangers receiving our daily musings. Would you announce to a crowd that you will be leaving your house unattended for the weekend? If not, then you should think twice about posting your detailed vacation plans on social media—especially if that information is visible to internet users other than your friends and family.
Also be careful what you say on your answering machine or voice mail too. Callers don’t need to know that you’re not home—they just need to know that you can’t come to the phone right now.