Summer time is officially here, and with the long, hot days of summer summer comes a series of fun events such as weekend outings, travel, vacations, camps, and more. Unfortunately, the travel and scheduling of summer also creates ample opportunity for burglars to prey on neighbors in our community. Whether you or your loved ones plan to be away from home for a few hours or a few days, our friends in law enforcement have created a list of reminders to keep your property and loved ones safe and burglars at bay.
- If leaving town for several days, inform the U.S. Post Office of your absence and request them to hold your mail untill you return. Another option is asking a neighbor to collect your mail. The absence of mail keeps would-be robbers from knowing someone isn't home.
- Put one or several lights on timers in the home to create a sense of activity on your property.
- Inform your neighbors, your security alarm company, or even your local APD officer of your absence.
- Double-check your windows and doors including garage doors and upstairs windows before leaving.
- Don't make telltale status updates. Never broadcast your location on Facebook or Twitter. Even if you think that it's only your friends or colleagues viewing your online profiles, it's safest not to leave any sort of opening for a possible burglar.
- Make sure any spare keys or means of entry such as garage door clickers are secured inside the home.
As always, we wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy summer!