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News from the LVPCA Patrol
Posted: April 14th, 2011 @ 1:38pm
With Spring Break and summer right around the corner, many of our residents will be going on vacation and leaving their homes unoccupied. I wanted to go over a few tips for making your home as secure as possible. Creating the illusion that you are home greatly reduces the chance that a thief will target your house. A thief wants an easy target. If they think that someone is home they are likely to pass by your home.
- If you have an alarm system, be sure to set it before you leave.
- Cancel all mail and newspapers (a sure sign you are gone if left to accumulate).
- Leave a radio playing and lights on a timer.
- Make sure you advise a trusted neighbor(s) of your vacation, but do not advertise it to those you do not know.
- Arrange to have someone check on your home and if possible get a house sitter.
- Turn off the ringer on your home phone or forward your home phone to someone who can answer it for you.
- Allow a neighbor to park in your driveway as often as possible while you are away.
- Make sure you maintain the outside of your home by having your lawn cut if you are going to be gone for more than a few days.
- Unplug unneeded electrical equipment (reduces the risk of fire or damage to computers, etc.)
- Leave some blinds or drapes open. (Preferably not ones that are near the home's entry points.) If your home appears closed off it looks unoccupied.
- Do not leave valuables out in plain view. (We recently had a resident go on vacation and leave some money lying on a table in clear view of the rear door.)
- If you leave a car at the home, hide the keys or take them with you.
- If you are a member of the patrol, be sure to fill out a house check request
- Note any different persons, vehicles, etc. that may be at your home while you are gone.
- Make sure you have recorded all serial numbers of all items that have one and photograph all jewelry and valuables.
The key to securing your home is to make your home appear occupied while you are gone. Following the above tips before you leave can greatly decrease the chance that your home may be targeted. If anyone has any questions or would like to speak with one of the patrol officers, please contact your block captain or the Neighborhood Watch coordinator.
Sgt. D.R. Brignone
DeKalb County Police
LaVista Park Patrol