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Jul 27

Going on Summer Vacation? Safeguard your Home Against Burglaries

Posted on July 27, 2018 at 3:14 PM by Deputy Aaron Scheller

Summer is the perfect time for a family vacation, but criminals are never on break and are counting on people to be relaxed, let their guard down, and forget to safeguard their home before heading out.

Family Packing for Vacation

Thankfully, if you are reading this blog it means you are an attentive, safety-minded individual who likely includes home safety and security measures as part of pre-vacation arrangements.

A great percentage of burglaries are crimes of opportunity, with criminals going through neighborhoods in search of properties with giveaway signs of an extended absence. Putting some of your exterior and interior lights on timers is one effective way to give the impression that someone is home. Another is to install motion sensor lights and cameras that will alert you of activity on or near your property.

Of course, at the top of the list of most effective burglary deterrents are your trusted neighbors who can watch your home while you are away. Hopefully you have a neighborhood watch on your street that is informed of current crime trends so if neighbors see something suspicious they will call the Sheriff’s department for you. If there isn’t one, consider starting a group using this step-by-step guide.

And to further strengthen your neighbors’ vigilance, you should also consider requesting patrolled vacation checks of your home by the Walnut-Diamond Bar Sheriff’s station. Either a sheriff’s deputy or a trained Volunteer on Patrol will come by your house to make sure there are no signs of a break-in, that circulars or newspaper are not littering your driveway, and that your trash carts do not remain on the curb long after they have been emptied. You can fill out the request for vacation checks in person or online.

Sheriffs VOP Conducting Vacation Check

Also very important is to lock and secure all access points to your home. It may sound like common sense, but a lot of people fail to close and lock their doors and windows. And, if you have a social media account, do not announce you are leaving town and wait to post your vacation photos until you return home.

I hope these tips are useful. I encourage you to check out the “Let’s Talk Public Safety” leaflet – Six Steps for a Safer Summer Vacation – for additional tips to keep your family and home safe and secure.

LTPS Leaflet_Six Steps For a Safer Summer Vacation_June2018

If you don’t already have the local sheriff’s station phone number 909-595-2264 programmed into your cell phone – take a moment to add it in case you need to call while you are away. If you have any questions, be sure to send them to me using the Ask A Deputy online form so I can answer them in future Safety Speaks blog entries.

Have a wonderful summer vacation!