It’s seems like at least once a week we are telling you about someone who has been burglarized in our area. Police are warning the public that it is no longer safe to leave your homes unlocked and it doesn’t matter if you are in your home or not.
Social networking is a great way to stay in touch. It’s also a great way to avoid sitting through grandpa’s old vacation slideshow. Today we can share pictures with our friends and loved ones during our vacations but Dianne Brush says you might want to think twice before doing that.
“If you are going away on vacation or you are planning a trip, don’t discuss it on social networking before you leave,” said Brush. “It’s pretty easy for a lot of people to find out what your plans are and know when your home is going to be empty.”
Another way thieves are getting in is when you are distracted with yard work.
“It’s very common that if people are out working in their backyard, that a burglar will try to come in the front door of your house and get in and get out before they even know they are there,” said Brush.
At the end of the day protecting yourself from criminals comes down to the oldest trick in the book.
“Lock all of your doors and your windows,” continued Brush. “Don’t use cheap locks, use good high quality locks. Ones that can’t be picked or easily pried open.”
And this includes the door from the garage to the rest of the house.
Dianne says dogs can be a great deterrent if their owners pay attention to them. She says too often homeowners will ignore or dismiss a dog’s barking in the middle of the night.