5 Important Tips To Protect Your Home From Burglars When You Are Away

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5 Important Tips To Protect Your Home From Burglars When You Are AwayAny family would feel violated after coming home to a ransacked house. Burglars look for specific things when choosing a home to break into, and many homeowners are unknowingly inviting criminals through the front door.

Below are five ways you can avoid drawing the eyes of thieves and deter your home from becoming a target.

Beware Of Selling To Strangers:

If you're wanting to sell items on Craigslist or another internet-based classified ad website, attempt conducting your transactions outside of the home.

If you must meet at home, screen the person over the telephone to ensure that they are truly interested in the item you're selling. Thieves have been known to make appointments just to check out your home.

Be Careful If You Tweet About It:

Not all of your friends protect their social media information, or may not have the most virtuous acquaintances. If you share your upcoming vacation or big event, then a mischievous friend of a friend will know the perfect time to forcefully check out your home.

Learn how to limit your social media posts to only your trusted contacts.

Mind Your Trash:

Be careful when it comes to taking out the garbage, especially around holidays. Criminals will drive around nice neighborhoods and specifically look for empty boxes of high-price items. Then all they have to do is wait for you to leave the house before they force their way in and nab the goods.

Break down boxes and conceal them in garbage bags or trashcans.

Prepare For Your Vacation:

Make sure when you leave on vacation that you put a few lights on timers and have someone collect your mail. A home that is obviously vacant is every burglar's dream.

And if you're on an extended holiday, ensure you also hire someone to take care of the lawn - overgrown grass is a no-one-is-home indicator.

Secure The Safe:

Just because you put your valuables in a safe doesn't mean they're secure. If the safe isn't installed in a wall or bolted to the floor, then a burglar can just carry it through your front door. They can figure out how to break into it later.

Make the additional time investment to ensure your safe can't walk out the door.

With a little common sense and by following the advice above, you'll reduce the risk of your home being targeted by burglars. If you would like more information about keeping your Maple Grove/Plymouth home secure, please call your trusted real estate professional today.

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David Kosmecki

Area Sales Manager NMLS 265365 | 76988

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Kate Elim
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Hi David...It always surprises me how much people reveal about their plans on social media. Why announce to the world that you are leaving your home vacant during a specific period of time. Your other points are important also.

Kate

Jul 19, 2013 10:50 AM #1
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Marnie Matarese
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Hi!  I make sure to never post anything about upcoming trips - people can wait until I return to see the photos.

We have two Dobermans so when we are in town, we don't worry too much about anyone breaking in.  But, I still arm the alarm even to do yardwork.  In today's world you just cannot be safe enough.

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Bette Gottwald
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Thank you for an excellent post David.  I personally noted your "Mind the Trash" comment, as we have NOT been careful about breaking down boxes of high ticket items. 

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