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  De-Stress Not Distress: Safety At Home for Vacationers

Jul 04, 2014 09:25 ET

It’s the first full week of July and you know what that means: the kids are off school, the temperature is rising, and it’s time for a vacation! But long vacations mean opportunities for burglars, so DRP is here to inform you about some simple precautions to help prevent a break and enter into your home with our two-part series on vacation safety tips.

Before heading off for some fun in the sun, here are a couple of tips to keep your house safe while you’re on your summer getaway:

• Have mail, newspapers, etc. picked up or suspend them when you are away
• Have your lawn cut and garden weeded
• Install timers for the lights, and a radio or TV, so it appears someone is home when you’re not
• Disable your garage door opener
• Inform trusted neighbours or relatives of your vacation plans and where you can be reached. Leave a key with them so they can check your house
• If you come home and see a door ajar or a window broken, call the police immediately. NEVER enter the dwelling. If it looks suspicious — don’t hesitate — call police
• Don't advertise that you are going away on your social media accounts. Wait until you get back to share pictures and information. It announces to would-be burglars that no one is home

Check back next week for the second of our two-part series: De-stress Not Distress: Safety While On Vacation.

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