Avoid home break-ins while on vacation

Apr 16, 2014

RALEIGH — For those planning to travel over Easter weekend or looking forward to a trip later this summer, Attorney General Roy Cooper says it's important to take some simple steps to keep your home and belongings safe while away.

Burglars are always on the lookout for empty houses. Travelers can protect themselves by not sharing travel plans on social media sites so a burglar cannot target the empty home.

Follow these safety tips to get the home ready before leaving on a vacation:

· Make it look like someone is home. Leave lights on inside and out, or install motion-sensor or timer activated lights. Consider leaving a TV or radio on, or put them on a timer.

· Leave a car parked in the driveway, if possible.

· Check that all exterior doors and windows are securely locked. Don’t hide your extra house key where it can be found easily, such as near a door.

· Close the blinds or curtains on windows.

· Hide jewelry, cash and other valuables in creative places. Avoid the usual hiding spots like under mattresses and in dresser drawers.

· Don’t let mail, newspapers or packages pile up while you’re away. Stop delivery or ask a neighbor to pick them up for you.

· Ask a trusted neighbor, friend or family member to keep an eye on your home. By reporting suspicious people or vehicles to local law enforcement, they may be able to help prevent crimes.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | Apr 17, 2014 14:27

And if you install surveillance cameras to watch and snap pictures of your property, they will gladly accept photos of weird/odd things as an informational resource.  I once captured a photo of an officer standing in my driveway but saw the photo days later.  Since the photo was date/time stamped, the nice folks in the Waynesville police department were able to tell me the reason of the call while I wasn't there and totally put my mind at ease.  You just can't find that kind of common sense know-what's-going-on capability in a big city.

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