Friday December 14, 2012
Travel season is in full swing, which means it’s “shopping” time for burglars. According to the FBI, close to 400,000 burglaries take place in the U.S. between November and December each year. CB JENI Lifestyle Homes wants to help make sure your townhome isn?t the next shopping spree for a criminal. Follow these simple tips to help your townhome not become a statistic.Request help from a neighbor:Inform your neighbor when you will be on vacation and ask them to watch your townhome while you are away. Have them also collect your mail and newspapers to reduce any signs that make it obvious no one is home.Avoid vacation announcements:It?s understandable that you?re excited to travel for the holidays, but don?t announce it on every status update you post to Facebook or Twitter. Posts similar to ?can?t wait to be in New York? and ?on the road? can tip off burglars that your home is unoccupied. Also, ?check-ins? and location tag posts are indicators as well.Be cautious of away messages:Whether on your home answering machine or voicemail, don?t leave a message stating you are out of town. Incoming wrong numbers and sales calls will tell strangers that you are away. Unfortunately, some current online tools make it easy to gain the originating address from a telephone number.Avoid front window displays:We understand you spent a lot of time decorating your holiday tree and wrapping presents to place under it, but make sure you don?t openly display it in the front window. This is easily visible from the street and burglars will window shop and see all the beautiful (and expensive) gifts. If you do display your holiday tree in the front of your townhome, keep the curtains closed.Secure your home:Before you leave, gather all your ?hidden? keys outside, ensure all your windows and doors are locked and close all blinds or curtains on the first floor. These may seem like obvious tasks but with the craziness of getting ready for vacation, some things can be overlooked. Make a list and double check everything before you leave.The holiday season is a perfect time to get in the routine of protecting your home when you travel and will help you from becoming another victim of a crime. Just remember that the most important thing is to have a safe and fun holiday!