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Crime Prevention 101
Making Your House Look Occupied
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 • Posted June 29, 2011

It’s vacation time. The kids are out of school, you’ve got a furlough from work and, it’s time to head out of town to see your in-laws, go to the beach, or search for cooler climates. You may be gone for a long weekend or for a couple weeks. So, here’s a few tips to make your house appear that you never left and, therefore, unappealing to any would-be thief.Start by temporarily stopping any deliveries to the house. When papers, boxes, etc. are allowed to pile up on the front porch and start to overflow, criminals are alerted that people have gone out of town. Put timers on lights inside the house so they turn on every night(Timers are relatively cheap and can be purchased at stores such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, or Ace Hardware). The same can be done for radios and television sets and will help give the appearance that people are at home. Once you have things in place to make the house look occupied, remember to turn off the ringer for your phone. All the work you have done to create the illusion that you are home can be erased by a ringing phone that is never answered. Ask a friend or relative to stop by your home periodically if you will be gone for several days. This allows them to keep an eye on the place, and will show any criminals who might be watching that someone is going inside on a regular basis. If no one is able to do this for you, try to leave a parked car in the driveway while you are away to make it appear like someone is at home. Thieves who think they have found an easy target can break into your home quickly. One way to discourage this is by to put up signs or stickers that state you have a working security system in place (even if you don’t). The last thing a criminal wants is to set off an alarm, and if they see the signs the will think your home is not worth the effort.Finally, notify the Sheriff’s Office and request that they patrol by your home while you’re gone. I’m sure they’ll be more than glad to do it.So have a great time! You’ll feel better knowing that your house is secure.Thanks for the read. More to come…

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