Home burglaries increase dramatically during the summer months compared to the winter months!!
Do I have your attention? Good.
When you leave the house for your much deserved, and much anticipated vacation (or even for work) you may want to check and double check that all your windows and doors are closed and locked before you leave the house. It's easy to open the windows to air your home out after being locked up tight all those long winter months, but it is just as easy to forget those windows are open when you leave the house first thing in the morning to go to work, or if you’re in a rush to catch your flight. If your house is already being watched (which a professional burglar will do), this makes it easier for thieves to get into your home and quicker to leave with less chance of getting caught leaving you with an insurance claim to deal with your come home, not to mention if irreplaceable items are missing!
One of the easiest and most convenient ways that burglars will track you on if you’re home or not is through Social Media. If you are unsure who is on your Twitter page, keep your vacation details off there! It's too easy for a thief to look at your page and see that you will be at the water park all day long with your family in another province or country!
Some other thoughts to consider; If you plan on being away for extended periods of time, you may want to have someone come over once a day to take in your mail and/or to turn some lights on and others off. At the very least you may want to have someone come over and pick up any papers that may land in your driveway and pay a local neighbourhood kid to mow your lawn if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time. If you are flying, have someone park a car in your driveway to make the home look like there is someone there.
A few simple tips to keep your home safe during the Summer! Happy Vacationing!