Summertime means travel time for many homeowners. So how do you protect your home from a break-in while you’re driving Route 66 or sailing the Caribbean? Dream Doors of Jacksonville offers 10 simple tips for keeping criminals out of your home:
- Stop by your nearest police station or substation and ask to have an officer step up patrol of your neighborhood while you’re away. After all, many of your neighbors are likely to be traveling as well.
- Halt all mail and newspaper deliveries or have a trusted friend or neighbor collect them while you’re away. A big stack of unchecked mail makes a home a prime target for burglars.
- Lock all doors, windows, pet entrances and garage doors. Leave a few shades open or partially open, so that it looks like someone is home.
- Place all of your valuables (including jewelry and financial papers) to a safe deposit box, so that a would-be burglar peering into a window won’t see them.
- Install timers to turn on outside lights, particularly the light in your doorway, and a few indoor lamps. Setting timers to turn on your radio or television at random times is a great way to make would-be thieves believe someone’s inside. Just be sure to check all light bulbs and batteries before you leave.
- Arrange to have your landscaping continue while you’re away, especially if you’ll be gone for more than a few weeks. Overgrown grass in a neighborhood full of well-manicured lawns is a sure sign that no one is around.
- If you have a vehicle that will remain at your home, park it half-way down your driveway to make it appear as if someone is home. This also will keep a burglar from being able to park his own car in your driveway, pretending that he’s supposed to be there. Just be sure to take all valuables out of your car, including GPS systems and stereos.
- If you can’t arrange for a house sitter to stay in your home, have a trusted friend or family member check it daily, inside and out.
- If your work or other commitments require that you let clients, vendors, etc. know you’ll be unavailable, let them know via your phone or email that you’ll be just that – unavailable, not away. Criminals have been known to hit homes of coworkers who have bragged about upcoming vacations.
- If the doors on your home are old or warped, consider purchasing a new door from Dream Doors of Jacksonville. They’re made of metal and two- or three-pane tempered safety glass panels. Burglars would have to make an awful lot of noise to break past them.
Call Dream Doors of Jacksonville at 904-880-7778 or visit our designer showroom in the Mandarin neighborhood to learn more.