Home security advice before leaving on vacation
Safety Tips to take before leaving on vacation:
Crime Prevention Specialists with the Fayetteville Police Department would like to share some advice on steps to take when going on vacation to discourage thieves from targeting you home while away.
• Prior to leaving, be certain all doors and windows are closed properly and locked. You can also purchase window locks at local hardware stores for added peace of mind.
• If you have an alarm always set it. If someone in the neighborhood has keys to your home, they should also have your alarm code. This is helpful if an accidental activation should occur while you are away.
• If you will be away during the evening hours, set timers not just for lighting but consider using it for televisions and radios as well.
• Utilize dusk to dawn and/or motion censored lighting to illuminate the exterior of your property.
• Consider having a trusted neighbor or friend park a vehicle in the driveway or move your vehicles around to suggest someone is home.
• Be certain all shrubs and trees are properly maintained. Overgrown shrubs or low hanging tree limbs create spaces with deep shadows. These shadows create areas of concealment for would be offenders.
• If leaving for extended periods of time, call Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1033 or 433-1034 and request a free house security check. Remember to stop mail and newspapers or be certain someone collects it daily on your behalf.
• Follow your routine lawn maintenance schedule. If it is done weekly, be sure to continue this practice even in your absence.
• Consider storing jewelry and important documents in a safe deposit box. Although you may incur a cost for the service; the peace of mind it affords is priceless.
• Your shed and crawl spaces are extensions of your home. Secure doors with a heavy duty locks and hasps. Lighting in the vicinity of the shed is useful too!
• Inventory your electronics and other valuables and store this information in a safe place. In the event your home is broken into, it will be easier to complete a police report.