Monday, July 2, 2012

Long Weekend Travel: 6 Tips to Deter Break-ins

Long weekends weekend offer many of us people an opportunity to travel.

A vacation offers a well deserved break from the rigours of our daily lives.  It is also, unfortunately, a time when people target homes for theft.

Here are 6 tips to deter break-ins:

  1. Avoid publicly announcing your vacation (i.e. Facebook)
  2. Make the outside of you house look "lived in" - grass cut, snow shoveled, newspapers and mail collected...
  3. Set timer for inside/outside lights
  4. Ask friend/ family to check on the house from time to time.
  5. Check alarms before you go.
  6. Store valuables such as jewelry elsewhere. 
In general, you want your home to look "lived in" and to remove items that you cannot replace.

Stay safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor and Owner
International Krav Maga Federation(IKMF), Toronto

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