Nothing will stunt the joy of summer faster than a home robbery. But as homeowners head out on day trips or long vacations, their homes are ripe for robbers casing neighborhoods for empty houses.
“According to the FBI, summer is the peak season for burglaries as people head outdoors and on vacation,” said Melina Engel, vice president of marketing with SimpliSafe.
SimpliSafe offers the following tips to help keep your home secure all season long.
Have someone mow your lawn. There’s nothing like bushy grass to flag that you’re out of town.
Put a “stop” on your mail. Skip the online shopping before you go away. If something slips through the cracks, have a friend or neighbor keep an eye out for packages and mail piling up. Packages on doorsteps are ripe for the picking and can clue that you may be away.
Put your lights on an automatic timer, and not just one light. Rotate them so it gives the impression that someone is home.
Install a motion-sensitive floodlight to scare off critters and potential burglars alike.
Be careful about open windows. As warm weather arrives and windows fly open, don’t forget to close and lock each one, especially on the ground floor, before you hit the road.
Get to know your neighbors. If you’re not already on a friendly basis with your neighbors, now is the perfect time to dust off your tollhouse cookie recipe and swing by with a sweet treat and your contact info, in case they spot something suspicious.