BBB's tips can keep your home safe while you're on vacation
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CREATED Jun. 24, 2013
You may be one of about 136 million Americans planning to take a vacation this summer, but make sure your home isn't a prime target for thieves. Here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau's Dale Dixon:
- Be careful about the vacation details you share via social media. Burglars can use posts on Twitter or Facebook to determine when you’ll be away. More than one third (35%) of Americans polled in ADT’s Safety Data Index survey said they believed their home is too ordinary and would not interest a burglar. However, a vacant home could be enough to attract unwanted attention, so be careful about broadcasting your travel plans.
- Lock your doors even when you’re gone for a brief amount of time. Two thirds (67%) of Americans surveyed for the Safety Data Index agree they do more to protect their homes when they are going away for a night than when they are just leaving for a few hours. But, according to the FBI, more than half (53%) of home burglaries happen during the day, so homeowners should secure doors and windows every time they leave their home.
- Keep hedges and bushes around your home trimmed, so burglars don’t have places to hide.