When the Fam­ily Is Away, Make Sure the Bur­glars Don’t Play

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Your home is your sanc­tu­ary, and there are few things more up­set­ting than re­turn­ing home to find a bur­glar has bro­ken in and taken your trea­sures. The Na­tional Crime Pre­ven­tion Coun­cil states that although crime is still a very se­ri­ous con­cern, our homes and com­mu­ni­ties are safer than they’ve been in decades, and this is quite likely due, at least in part, to pre­ven­tion and com­mu­nity polic­ing.

Here are some pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures you can take to pro­tect your home, prop­erty, and fam­ily while you’re away from home.

First and fore­most, lock up! Whether it’s a short trip to the gro­cery store or a longer haul to your fa­vorite va­ca­tion spot, make sure your doors and win­dows are se­curely locked.

Re­mem­ber that noth­ing is more ef­fec­tive at de­ter­ring a bur­glar than the im­pres­sion that the home is oc­cu­pied. In­stall timers on your lights to make it look like some­one is home. If you are plan­ning to be away for a lengthy pe­riod of time, en­ter­tain the idea of a house sit­ter.

Store valu­ables in a se­cure place. A home safe can be a great op­tion for stor­ing var­i­ous valu­ables in­clud­ing jew­elry and im­por­tant home and fam­ily-re­lated doc­u­ments.

Garage doors are a fa­vorite point of en­try for bur­glars. Keep your garage door closed al­ways, and lock the door from your garage into your home. Be cer­tain that tools, lad­ders and other ob­jects that could be used to break into your home are se­curely locked up in­side the garage or house.

Be sure that your trees and shrubs don’t cover win­dows and doors. Hid­den en­trances can make it eas­ier for bur­glars to get into your home un­no­ticed by neigh­bors and by­standers.

Leave spare keys only with trusted fam­ily mem­bers or neigh­bors you are close to. Do not hide them out­side. Bur­glars are smart enough to look around and know the com­mon places peo­ple hide keys.

Most ex­perts agree that your neigh­bors are one of your best de­fenses. Get to know them and chances are they will be more likely to watch for sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity around your home while you’re away. It’s im­por­tant to no­tify neigh­bors that you trust about your plans to be out of town or even gone dur­ing the day at work. Ask if they mind watch­ing for pack­ages that may be de­liv­ered and of­fer to do the same for them. There has been a rash of pack­ages stolen the past few years, es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­days.

You may also want to con­sider a home se­cu­rity sys­tem. Check on­line or look in your phone book to find com­pa­nies spe­cial­iz­ing in home se­cu­rity.

Break-ins can be eas­ily avoided by tak­ing the proper pre­cau­tions. So be pre­pared, make wise de­ci­sions and re­lax.

For more in­for­ma­tion on home pro­tec­tion tac­tics, con­tact the NCBIA or visit www. nahb.org/for­con­sumers

The North Coast Build­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion is your lo­cal not-for-profit trade as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing mem­ber com­pa­nies in­volved in all as­pects of home build­ing, re­mod­el­ing, and other as­pects of ser­vices avail­able to help you in the fu­ture. So, you can see it is for your pro­tec­tion that you use a NCBIA mem­ber. If you are un­sure that your con­trac­tor is a mem­ber of the NCBIA or you are look­ing for a list of NCBIA mem­bers, you can visit our NEWLY RE­MOD­ELED web­site at www.ncbia.com or call 440-934-1090. We also have a job post­ing board (un­der the About Us tab). Like us or bet­ter yet share us on Face­book!

Home­own­er­ship is truly a cor­ner­stone of the Amer­i­can way of life. North Coast Build­ing In­dus­try – Come Build with Us!

Judie Docs

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