Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Going on Vacation – Burglar-proof your home!

This story was written by Alison Bell.

August is one of the biggest months for home robberies, but experts say you can keep your home safe when you are away by:

1) Doing some landscaping: Trim hedges or trees that obscure your home from the street. Burglars look for houses that they can enter without being seen.

2) Rounding up spare keys: Burglars know exactly where to find those spare keys you’ve left hidden outside! “No matter how clever your hiding place, they’ve thought of it,” warns Lauren Russ, of the Burglary Prevention Council.

3) Clearing your answering machine while you are away: “A full voice mail box is a sure sign you’re traveling,” says Robert Siciliano, author of The Safety Minute. No wonder savvy burglars call before they enter a house to see if the voice mail is full.

4) Borrowing a car: Burglars are always on the look-out for an empty driveway or a car that sits for days in the same spot. Simple resolution? “Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or to move your car every few days,” Russ advises.

5) Faking them out: Homes without security systems are three times more likely to be broken into. But studies show that just putting stickers on your windows that say you’re protected is an effective deterrent, Russ notes. Find them online at:

Did you know that a recent study revealed that 12% of burglaries occur through an unlocked door? Lock it or lose it!

Lucy’s notes: Whenever we go out of town for a few days we always have someone pick up our mail and news papers. I don’t know how many times I have seen newspapers piled up in the yard and think to myself that they must be out of town.
I will ask a neighbor to feed our animals. With our dog in the back yard, it looks like we are home. It is also advisable to use timed lighting switches to turn the lights off and on at certain times of the day or night. You might also leave a radio on so that it sounds like someone is home. If you are going to be gone of more than a week then you might want to hire someone to cut your grass and edge. One last note, If you can get someone to stay at your house while you are gone it also helps.


At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we have great neighbors, we look out for each other, mail, papers, park in each other's driveway when someone is away, helps keep the house look lived in.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Good advice with the lights. Whenever I see a house with all the outside lights on, it's a dead giveaway that the owners are not home.

Love the radio tip!

At 6:52 AM, Blogger Danny Sims said...

We have a college girl who lives here when we're gone. She keeps our dogs too so we don't have to kennel them, which is nice.

Good neigbors are a huge plus.

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I live in a remote forest. No way I can unobscure my home.

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Bluto said...

Thanks for visiting my Blog! I just wanted to drop a quick note to say hi before checking out some of your other posts.

And this one couldn't have come at a better time with my upcoming honeymoon. Besides living in a rather rural area, my fiance's best friend will be house sitting for us while we are gone to make sure the dog is safe and sound. So I think I can vacation with out any worries of a break in.

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The number of home burglaries traditionally spike in the summer months. I think that light timers and Fake TV ( are excellent solutions to deter burglars. Also, playing anti-theft home occupancy sounds MP3 or a CD (sells on Amazon or at ) in home while away is a great way to scare burglar that someone is in.


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