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How to keep your home safe this summer

Town Crier Report

Most home burglaries occur during the summer, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. With schools out of session and families going on vacation, thieves find that it’s the ideal time to strike.

If you’re taking a vacation this summer, you’ll want to return home and find your house and all your possessions intact. And even if you don’t go on a trip, you’ll want to make sure that your home isn’t broken into.

“Summer is a time to kick back and relax, but with this being the peak season for burglaries, you should take steps to protect your home and all the valuables you have in and around it,” said Myron Von Raesfeld, president of the Santa Clara Association of Realtors. “By doing some simple things, you can reduce the chances that a thief will break in.”

Following are a few tips that can help you keep your home safe this summer.

• Lock doors and windows.

• Put lights on a timer so that they turn on when you’re not at home, making it look like someone’s there.

• Stop newspaper delivery. Otherwise, a bunch of newspapers will pile up on your driveway or porch and it could look to thieves like no one is home.

• Use specialty locks.

• Install a home security system.

• Add motion sensors to your home’s entryway.

• If you have valuables outside of the house, lock them up and engrave them. Anything that is engraved is less desirable to criminals and harder for them to sell.

• Don’t allow repairmen to enter your home without first ensuring that they are legitimate. Ask to see their credentials. Avoid anyone who is driving an unmarked van and doesn’t have a business card or documents.

• If you’re going on vacation, have a neighbor, friend or relative check on your house periodically.

• Don’t advertise that you are going on vacation on social media. Thieves check Facebook, Twitter and other sites to find their next victims.

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