Many are looking forward to getting away from the valley this upcoming spring break and getting some much-needed rest. The last thing you want is to worry about whether your home is safe by not taking the time to secure it before you leave.
Along with those looking to get away, burglars are also looking forward to getting in to places they don’t belong in. As you plan for your next getaway consider taking some time to make sure your home is secure by checking the following items.
- Garage: While it may seem difficult to break in through the garage, it’s certainly not impossible. Consider disconnecting your garage opener before you leave for a long trip.
- Locks: Consider adding security locks and sensors to your windows, sliding glass doors, RV gates or gates to your backyard.
- Mail: Don’t leave clues that you’re gone! Ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and keep an eye on your home while you’re away. You’ll have peace of mind knowing someone else if looking after your property.
- Security System: If you don’t have someone you can count on, consider installing a security system in your home. Make sure to include motion sensors, cameras and motion activated lights in your home. Even just having a security system sign in your yard reduces your chances of your home being broken into.
- Personal Items: If you care about it, put it away. Burglars don’t stay in a home long, most of burglaries only last less than 10 minutes. Burglars will take what is out in the open and target certain areas of the home such as bedrooms. Do a quick walkthrough of your home and put any expensive items such as jewelry, devices, and car keys away in hard-to-find places. Don’t forget to store away any documents that have personal and financial information, your identity could be stolen too.
In addition to locking doors and setting up cameras, take a few minutes to make sure other safety devices in your home are working. If your smoke detectors are out of date, consider using dual sensor smoke alarms that detects both slow burning and fast flaming fires. For further piece of mind, turn off your water and unplug large appliances that may cause a fire while you’re gone.
While you’re traveling, be sure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by staying 6 feet away from others, wearing a mask while in public, and washing your hands often.
For more tips to keep your home safe visit, MaricopaCountyAttorney.org/HomeTravelSafety