Tips from Boise PD: Securing your home before vacation

With more people traveling this time of year, police say that often means more 'crimes of opportunity' (KBOI Staff Photo).

Is your home vacation safe?

Before heading out of town for Memorial Day weekend, or at all this summer, Boise Police say you'll want to make sure your home is secure.

"We want your house to look like it's lived in even if you're not there," said Ed Fritz, crime prevention supervisor for the Boise Police Department. "If [people] advertise that they are not home — it's an inviting place for a potential would be criminal."

With more people traveling this time of year, police say that often means more 'crimes of opportunity.'

By taking the following simple precautions, you can make your home less appealing to criminals:

  1. Make sure your lawn and landscaping are taken care of and not overgrown.
  2. Put a temporary hold on any newspaper deliveries, so they don't pile up.
  3. Put your indoor and outdoor lighting on a timer.
  4. Garbage cans should be put on the curb and brought back to the house in a timely manner.
  5. Don't post travel plans or photos to social media until you return home.

"Have a trusted neighbor, trusted friend or relative check on your house," said Fritz.

If you'll be away for more than a week and you don't have someone you trust to look over your home while you're away — you can ask your local police to do a 'vacation watch.'

"It doesn't mean we will be sitting in front of your house 24/7," said Fritz. "But we will, because we know you're out of town, occasionally drive by to make sure everything looks to be in place."

Of course, the most important thing you can do before leaving on vacation is to make sure your valuables are put away and all of your doors, windows, and garage doors are locked.

"By taking those precautions you can greatly reduce the chance that you will become a victim," said Fritz.

Don't forget a single step in securing your home by printing out this vacation checklist.

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