Keeping your home safe while away on summer vacation

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Many families are getting ready to go away on their summer vacations, but before anyone heads out of town make sure your home is unattractive to burglars.

“They’re in a totally different mind frame,” said Lt. James Perez with the Fairfield Police Department. “Often times security slips on them.”

Keeping your home safe goes well beyond just locking your doors. It’s encouraged you have motion sensor lights on your property. Most burglars will also avoid a home where they think there are cameras, an alarm system or a dog that will draw attention to a crime in progress.

Your yard is often the first indicator to a would-be-thief that you’re out of town. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you have your grass cut while you’re away and clear any overgrown landscaping.

“If you have fencing on both sides of the home and the fencing is eight feet high and you can’t be seen, all these things become extremely attractive to a burglar,” said Perez.

Lt. Perez says people don’t often lock outdoor structures, such as a shed. Make sure they’re locked. This way a burglar can’t gain access to any items inside such as a ladder. Contrary to popular belief, a criminal will still try to get into a home through a second-story window, which most people leave unlocked.

Any deliveries to your home that are piling up can also tip-off a burglar that you’re not home. It’s recommended you have a neighbor bring in your mail while you’re away or have the postal service halt delivery. Also, be mindful of any packages that may be delivered as well. It only takes a second for someone to swipe them from your front step. It’s also recommended you have any packages delivered to your work or a neighbor in your absence.

Finally, don’t post on social media that you’re jetting off on vacation.

“There’s a whole group of people that are criminally minded that will look for opportunities so they will read these posts and see someone is not home,” said Perez.

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