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10 Home Safety Tips for Cape Codders

As creatures of habitwe conduct ourselves inpredictable ways. To our detriment we make it easy for burglars to access our homes. Although we have heard time an again what we should and should not do to keep our property safe from burglaries, it is always a good thing to be reminded.

  1. Avoid announcing your vacation on Facebook or any social media. Burglars can easily figure out your address.
  2. Always lock your doors.The average amount of time spent in a home by a burglar is 4 minutes. Do not make it easy to enter your home. Reduce the amount of time a thief spends in your house by making it hard to enter.
  3. Avoid using your master bedroom for storing jewelry and prized possessions. Most people hide valuables in sock drawers, dresser drawers, andbedside tables. If a thiefis spending only 4 minutes in a housethe least you can do ismake it hard for them to find valuables.
  4. A burglar is unlikely to go into children's rooms.Make your hiding place in kid's rooms.
  5. A loud radio or television will deter a thief.Place a radio on a timer when you are away and let that good old rock and roll lend a hand in keeping your home safe.
  6. A good security system is only good if you use it, therefore, use it.
  7. Although it is pleasant to air out a house, leaving windows cracked open is an invitation to a thief. If you are not at home, do not leave your windows cracked open.
  8. A pile of rolled up newspapers on the driveway is a perfect green light for a burglar. When you are away make sure someone is picking up the paper for you.
  9. A winter vacation is a joy. However, be sure to ask a neighbor to walk around your house or drive into the driveway after it snows.Nothing like untouched snow to indicate an empty house.
  10. Always keep your car keys next to your bed. If you hear anything unusual, hit the panic button on your key fobto sound thealarm thus alerting neighbors. The last thing a burglar wants is attention from neighbors.

Although common sense, it is always good to be reminded. Keep safe.

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