Vacation crime prevention tips

Posted at 3:51 PM, Jun 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-05 15:51:36-04

Vacation crime prevention tips

Don’t let thieves spoil your summer vacation! While you’re away, your homes and vehicles may be vulnerable to burglary, theft or vandalism. Take steps to protect your home and vehicle before you leave! The pix-11 “know your enemy” team wants to remind you of some tips to keep yourself, your family, your home and your valuables safe.

At home:

1- Always lock your doors and windows especially at night and when you’re away.

2- Close your garage and pet doors.

3- Secure ladders and tools so they can’t be used to gain entry into your home.

4- Be wary of anyone who approaches your front door and don’t let them take up too much of your time. Criminals work together; one will come to your door and distract you while the other sneaks into your home.

5- Always ask for an id (picture and company name)

6- Be a good neighbor, lookout for one another.

7- Excessive dog barking could be a sign of an intruder and may warrant a call to the police (911).

8- Lock up your home, activate your alarm.

9- Don’t broadcast your plans on social media.

10- Hold the delivery of your mail and newspaper or ask a trusted friend to pick them up for you.

11- Buy a timer for your lights and set them in a random pattern.

Car safety:

1- Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a store.
2- Always roll up your windows and lock your car even in hot weather.
3- Never leave valuables in plain sight.
4- Park cars in well‐lit areas.
5- Never leave any keys in the car or ignition.

Bike safety:

1- Always wear a helmet.
2- Follow the rules of the road.
3- Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
4- Wear bright‐colored or reflective clothing.
5- If you’re not riding, lock your bike.
6- Parents, set parameters on where kids are allowed to ride.

The best thing you can do to prevent crime is be neighborly. Alert those you trust when you will be away, and ask them to keep an eye on your property and vehicle while you’re gone. Return the favor when your neighbors are away!

If you are the victim of any theft, please report the incident to your local police department as quickly as possible. On the other hand, if we can reduce the opportunity for crime, we can prevent it from ever occurring. As we all know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and crime prevention is a team sport that requires everyone’s efforts to maintain and enhance the quality of life in your neighborhood and community.