Do you have a vacation or extended trip on the horizon, especially now that it’s summer?
Burglars might be interested to know, too, and they will look for signs you’re not home.
8 Ways To Keep Burglars at Bay While You're Away
- Do not leave notes on your door stating you are not home! (Yes, this happens.)
- If possible, keep a vehicle parked in your driveway or regular parking spot.
- Make your home appear occupied; use timers/apps on lights, TVs or radios to automatically power electronics according to normal daily use.
- Ask a trusted neighbor, relative, friend or pet sitter pick up mail and newspapers; remove all flyers, doorknob hangers and advertisements that have been placed at your door or mailbox…
- …but do not leave door keys under flower pots or doormats, inside an unlocked mailbox, over the doorway or in other obvious places.
- Consider having someone mow your yard and water your outdoor plants.
- Keep all doors and windows locked; apartment dwellers, make sure any sliding glass doors are locked, especially on the ground floor!
- Avoid posting vacation plans on social media sites, especially more public ones like Twitter; share photos from your trip only after you return home.
If Your Home is Broken Into
If you or a trusted neighbor, relative or friend discover that your home has been broken into, call our non-emergency number at 703-691-2131, TTY 711, so a police officer can be dispatched to take the report.