Vacations and planning for vacations can be the best time of the year. The anticipation and planning of a vacation is often more fun than actually being on vacation. But what is necessary is the careful planning to protect your home while you and your loved ones are on vacation.
Most vacationers know the basics about what is required whenever leaving home, and nothing is as effective in preventing burglaries as having a friend or relative house take care of your home while you are away. Homeowners, who are leaving on vacation, are becoming smarter about defending their homes, but burglars are learning new and devious tricks. Nowadays burglars are on the prowl on foot, in cars and trucks, even disguised as salesmen and do not forget that burglars often have female accomplices aiding and abetting them every devious step of the way.
Consider the basic facts for protecting your home and ask yourself if you are at a greater risk for home burglary. Do you live in an area without gated access to the community? Is there an access road or alley behind your property? Does your home have lush landscaping, which is beautiful but also provides cover for thieves? Can anyone see an entrance to get into the side or rear of your home? Even if you live in a gated community, your home may become a target by teens living there or friends of the teenagers who are familiar with the homes in this type of community. Nowhere is safe from the devious minds of burglars and thrill-seeking youths.
The use of a security system designed to protect your home is of the utmost importance, especially in Pittsburgh. Without this, a minimum of four motion-activated floodlights, each facing in the cardinal directions of the home are of great help in protecting your home. Burglars often work under the cover of darkness; they do not desire to be illuminated. Give a trusted friend or relative the keys to the home and ask them to stop over every two or three days to remove the mail or any packages left at the house. If there is snow covering the driveway and sidewalk for several days in a row, the assumption that the house is not occupied is a natural one. A doghouse without a dog is a clue to a smart burglar, move it inside the garage. Tell your friends and relative of your plans and ask them for their discretion. Do not post photos of your vacation until after you and your family return home. Teenaged children from Pittsburgh and elsewhere must keep vacations secret.
Today’s burglar is a profiler and can be very successful at his craft. Follow all these home safety tips and think about playing a game with your children; can they spot a neighbor who is on vacation. Remember that Sherlock Holmes wasn’t a burglar; he just was able to think like one.