They may seem like simple reminders but there are some things homeowners often forget to do before they travel that could save them from becoming victims of a crime.
Lt. Cindy Kilgore joined us with a special Crime Watch. She says one of the most common mistakes is not using the tools you have in your home.
“A series of burglaries I had years ago, several of them had the alarms, but they weren’t armed,” Lt. Cindy Kilgore Says.
Here are some other tips from Lt. Kilgore:
- The average burglary happens in under 10 minutes, make your home difficult to break into.
- Keep all doors and windows locked.
- Keep garage doors closed.
- Make your home look occupied, lights on timers.
- Keep valuable items out of sight and well hidden.
- Keep an inventory of valuable items, record serial numbers, mark what you can.
- Keep trees and shrubs around doors and windows trimmed.
- Use outside lights around potential points of entry.
- For an extended absence have grass cut, snow plowed, mail collected.
- Report suspicious persons or vehicles, record license numbers.
- If you come home to find a burglary, do not enter, do not clean anything.
- Don't post your vacation/travel plans on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.