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Burglar Proof Your Home Before Leaving For Your Holidays

July 25, 2011

Summer has finally arrived and you are getting ready to leave for your well deserved holidays.  You are too excited to consider that your home might get broken into while you are away.

Please Don’t Just Lock Your Front Door And Hope Nothing Will Happen!

Before you leave for your vacation, make your home as secure against a break-in as you possibly can.  Here are some tips on how you can prevent a robbery:

  • Make sure your house is secure.  Lock all doors and windows.  Keep all valuables out of sight.  Don’t leave cash, credit cards, identification or jewellery at home.  Place them in a safety deposit box.
  • If you have a safe at home, make sure it is bolted down.  Otherwise a burglar might take the whole thing with him/her.
  • Please don’t announce to the world that you are packing up the family to go to Australia for a month.  Most certainly not on Facebook.  Not on your answering machine either.  You do not want to advertise that your house will be empty for all this time.
  • Speaking of answering machines, turn down the volume so no one can hear from the outside that nobody is at home.
  • Stop your mail and newspaper subscriptions.  Have a neighbour empty your mailbox daily to prevent junk mail from piling up.
  • Park your cars in the garage and ask a neighbour to park their vehicle in your driveway, making your house look lived in.
  • Invest in timers to have lights come on at different intervals to make it look as if someone is at home.
  • Get someone to cut your grass regularly.  Make sure the snow get’s cleared from your side walks and your driveway during the winter months.
  • Spend some time to trim overgrown bushes and hedges in front of your house before you leave.  This will reduce cover for burglars to hide.
  • Make sure your fence is in good repair and lock all gates.
  • Lock away all tools and ladders.
  • Lock your garden shed.  If a burglar is unsuccessful to get into your house, he/she may head for your garden shed instead.
  • Lock your garage.  Bicycles, mowers and large gardening equipment should be chained to solid anchor points.
  • Invest in external motion lighting, very effective and inexpensive.  Just make sure to angle it properly so it won’t shine into your neighbours window every time it comes on.
  • Check with your insurance company that your home is properly covered while you are on vacation.  Some companies require extra coverage for vacations longer than one month.
  • Advise your alarm monitoring station that you will be away and  who to contact in your absence.
  • Arm your security system before you leave.

If you don’t have a security system or don’t have it monitored, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation.  You will be glad you did!

Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, (780) 288-2986

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One Comment
  1. nice post… very interesting

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