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May 22, 2012 > Burglars don't Like a Home that Looks Lived In!

Burglars don't Like a Home that Looks Lived In!

Submitted By Tim Jones, Newark PD

Summer fun is right around the corner and it's time to start thinking about how to protect your home while out and about locally or while gone for an extended period of time. Most thieves are looking for the "easy take" and that translates into homes and businesses that are unoccupied and easy to access. Unfortunately, summer vacations can make homes the perfect unoccupied target; exactly what they are looking for!

The "lived in" look is the most critical part of your home security strategy. Most burglars dread breaking into a home that is occupied, because their primary goal is to steal, not to confront. Here are some important crime deterring tips for your residence that will he insure your home looks just like it did when you left:

* Have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers. If you do not have someone you trust then contact the postal service and newspapers to put a hold on delivery.

* If your garbage cans have been put out for pickup, make sure someone brings them in right after pickup.

* Lights and sounds on timers make your home appear occupied. Set a timer for a couple lights and a stereo and have them go on and off at the normal times of day that you would be using them.

* Your driveway, a parking lot? Yes! Have your trusted neighbors park their vehicles occasionally in your driveway, this also sends a message to burglars who may be keeping an eye out for vacation-absent residents who have the same car parked in the driveway gathering dust.

* Lock up! In all the rush to make the train, plane or just simply hit the road, it can be easy to forget to lock up. Be sure to take the few minutes necessary to walk through the house and lock ALL doors and windows. A few minutes could save you a bundle!

Whether you spend your summer at home, or traveling abroad; enjoy and don't forget your crime preventive mindset before you leave the house. If you would like to learn more about home security, crime prevention, or start a Neighborhood Watch in your area please contact:

Tim Jones
Special Assistant
Community Engagement Division
Newark Police Dept.
(510) 578-4209
tim.jones@newark.org

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