Crime Watch: Keep your home safe while you travel

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

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.

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