While these warmer summer months of June through August tend to be the busiest time of year for real estate, they are also a busy time of year for vacations! It’s important to get that time away to relax and/or spend with family, but it’s also important to protect that valuable investment you made when you bought your home! If you think you live in a safe neighborhood and don’t need these tips, you could be right, however these burglary statistics from safegaurdtheworld.com could change your mind:
- In the US:
- 2,000,000 burglaries are reported (each year!)
- Every 13 seconds a home is broken into
- “Only 17% of homes have a security system”
- Unlocked doors and windows are the results of 30% of burglaries
- Residential home break-ins account for 66%
- Renters have an equal opportunity to be a victim of a burglary as home-owners
- Summer months receive the highest number of burglaries
- July and August in particular receive the highest number of break-ins while February receives the least number of break-ins
Hopefully these facts and statistics didn’t scare you out of becoming a homeowner if you aren’t already one. These facts are just meant to encourage you to remember to protect your home while you’re on vacation. In a blog from last year I gave you a number of great tips to Protect Your Home When Going Away and most of those still hold true today. The list below reiterates some of the tips from that blog as well as adds some new ones to make sure you’re home is safe!
- Make It Difficult
Common sense, as well as studies from safeguardthewold.com has indicated that burglars usually bypass homes that are difficult to get into. Burglars will not put forth the effort if it looks like they will not succeed and get away with an easy escape route. Some ways to make your home less enticing include:
- Using heavy and solid materials for your doors and windows like metal doors or deadbolt locks. For sliding glass doors you might want to consider adding a wooden dowel or stick to prevent movement, since sliding glass doors are easy targets. Make sure all windows are latched and securely locked with additional locking devices. While not mentioned on our trusted source, additional landscaping might help as well! Anything that will block the escape route and keep the home hidden will help!
- Be A Friendly Neighbor (to quote Mister Rogers)
While our previous blog suggests stopping mail and newspaper services or hiring a house sitter, you can easily save money on those ideas by simply being a good neighbor. You all want to live in a safe neighborhood but you each need to do your part to make it true. So it doesn’t hurt to be on good terms with them and ask them to keep an eye on your home while you’re away, and offer to do the same for them. If it’s not too much for them you might want to ask them to pick up your mail and newspapers and hold it at their house until they get back. If they have the time they might even be willing to mow your grass and water your flowers to keep up the appearances that you’re still there. Again, make sure to offer to do the same for them when they go away and maybe even offer to cook them a nice thank-you dinner for their help.
- Create An Illusion
As mentioned in the previous step and in our previous blog, you’ll want to create the illusion that you’re still there. If you often park your car in your driveway make sure to keep it parked there. It might also be a good idea to keep a few lights or even a TV on to make it seem like somebody’s home.
Hopefully this blog should ease some of you worries those earlier statistics might have given you about going on vacation. But if you’d like some additional tips, make sure to read our previous blog to make sure you home is extra safe.
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