March Break Vacation Tips

Posted on March 9, 2016

March Break Vacation Tips

The Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding citizens that empty homes can be a tempting target for criminals during the March break vacation. However, there are a number of things you can do to prevent your home from being burglarized during this period.

Ask a friend, family member or neighbour to help

While on vacation, ask a trusted friend or family member to drive by and check on your home once a day. Having more than one person check your house is also a good idea but just make sure they are aware.

The lights are on but no one’s home

Don’t leave your lights on at home throughout your entire vacation in an effort to make it look like someone is in the house. Instead, purchase a light switch timer that can turn your lights on and off automatically according to a programmed schedule. Criminals keeping an eye on your house will notice lights flipping on and off, and will often assume someone is home. If you do not have a timer, ask your friend who is checking the house to alternate which lights are left on.

Don’t tip off criminals with social media

Think twice about posting your vacation plans on social networking sites. You never know who might read it, especially if that information is visible to social media users other than your friends and family. At the end of the day, you don’t want to broadcast that you will be leaving your house unattended.

Leave curtains open or closed?

Leave your curtains exactly as you usually keep them when you’re home since noticeable changes could hint that you’re not around anymore. Be sure to store any jewelry and electronics out of sight or in a safety deposit box away from your home.

Make your house looked lived in

Nothing signals an empty house like a week’s worth of mail, newspapers and snow on the front step. Have a friend or neighbour pick up your mail while you are away and move your car periodically so it looks like it’s been used recently. Also consider hiring someone to remove snow and ice from your driveway and front steps.

Lock your windows and doors

Although this may seem obvious, unlocked homes are the number one choice for opportunistic thieves. If you do not make it easy to get into your home, chances are thieves will move on. Installing a home security system and/or external lighting is another great way to deter criminals from breaking into your home.

Remember – March Break is supposed to be a relaxing time for you and your family. As long as you take the necessary precautions, there is no reason to worry about the security of your home while you’re away.

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