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Published on March 12, 2014

Anyone Home?

March 12, 2014

Deter burglersRemember that scene in Home Alone where Kevin attempts to make his parents’ house look like the site of a bustling holiday party to deter thieves? We may laugh at his antics, but he was on to something. If you’re planning to travel this season, your unoccupied home may be an open door for ill-wishing trespassers.

One of the best ways to protect your home from being burglarized while you’re away is to make it look as if you’re still there. Here are a few tips to help you achieve the illusion of an occupied house.

  • Purchase and install automatic timers. Set these devices to turn your television and various lamps around the house on and off at different times.
  • Take advantage of motion-sensing floodlights. These outdoor lights activate when someone approaches. This creates a better deterrent than leaving your front porch light on all the time, which can actually be a sign that you aren’t there.
  • Leave your curtains partially open. You may be tempted to close your curtains tight, but burglars often consider that a sign of a vacant house.
  • Empty your mailbox. A growing collection of envelops, flyers, and magazines will tip off a potential thief. Ask a neighbor to collect your mail and newspapers every day. Better yet, ask to have delivery held until you return. 
  • Fill your driveway. Invite a neighboring family to part one of their cars in your driveway or on the street in front of your house. 
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