Safety is probably one of the most important aspects to a homeowner. It impacts all ages and avoids no one. Knowing how to safeguard your home can help reduce your chances of crime affecting you and your family. Here are a few tips:
- All vehicle doors should be locked at all times. Even the safest areas are subject to mischievous individuals looking for an open door. If a garage door opener is stored in your car, this is even more reason to lock your doors. If criminals can access this device, you have now invited them in to your home.
- Make sure all valuables are taken out of the vehicle when you get to your destination. These items include GPS, cell phones, wallets/purses, etc. Make sure these items are not left in the car…the glove box is not a safe place for these items.
- Never leave your vehicle running while unattended.
- Park in a well light area. If you park in your driveway, make sure you have outdoor lighting (motion-censored lights work well).
- Make sure shrubbery is maintained and does not allow for hidden spaces.
- Allow for adequate lighting around the perimeter of the house. Use timers or motion-censored lighting to allow for the proper coverage while you are away.
- Keep all doors and window locked. Utilize a security system if available.
- Check with your local Sherriff’s office to see if they have a vacation program to check your home while you are away.
- While on vacation, stop all mail and newspaper delivery.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings. Meet your neighbors and look out for each other. If you see suspicious activity, call the police.