By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved
My Facebook newsfeed is abuzz with friends and family embarking on summer vacations, proclaiming loudly where, when and for how long they will be away from their homes. To most, this may seem like harmless excitement... but to your local neighbourhood intruder, everything you post can and will be used against you. By posting to the world (even if its just your friends) that you will be away from your home, youre essentially extending an open invitation to burglars to break into your home with minimal risk of being caught.
Here are some tips to help protect your Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill homes while away on a relaxing holiday:
- DO NOT post the details of your trip on social media sites. Photos and other details of your amazing vacation should only be shared upon your return home.
- DO leave a car parked on the driveway. It gives the appearance that someone is home - burglars want your goods, not a confrontation.
- DO NOT print your home address on your luggage tags. Luggage handlers have been working with burglars, updating them on those who have just departed. Use your office address or even a cellphone number.
- DO keep your house well lit. Burglars are terrified of a confrontation. Having your home well lit, preferably on timers goes a long way to keep criminals away.
- Protect your doors! Most burglaries are the result of forced entry of an exterior door - 34% using the front door. Deadbolts with a minimum one-inch throw bolt will help keep your home safe.