Safety tips for your home during a vacation

Updated: 06/08/2014 10:22 PM | Created: 06/08/2014 8:30 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Going on vacation is an exciting time, but law enforcement says you're not the only one who's anticipating the trip. This is open season for thieves.

Lieutenant Paul Szych with the Property Crimes Division says APD offers free on-site visits to check how well your home is protected--inside and out.

He showed KOB Eyewitness News 4 the most common mistakes homeowners make before going on vacation.  

A big one: Turning off outdoor lights.

"The sides of your home, the backyard and certainly right here on the porch," he said.

Szych says homeowners may be trying to conserve energy, but it's a dead giveaway that no one is home. He says a lot of crime prevention starts right in your front yard 

"Shrubbery, make sure that its cut down and trimmed down so others can see your house," he said, "Most people will not let newspapers pile up in the driveways, without picking them up."

He says the most common place a thief will try is the front door. Second, a side window.

Then, the back door. Szych says all doors should have metal frames.

And, instead of boarding your furry friend, have someone check on them and the house for you.

"Have them come by check on the pets, pick up the newspaper in the drive way and bring your trash cans in from the street," he said.

Overall, he says the safest house is the house that looks like you never left.

When you are on vacation police cannot stress enough--avoid the urge to announce it on social media. They say thieves are searching for these kinds of status updates.

Albuquerque Police Department will also check on your home while you are gone.

Just call your local substation and ask for The "Crime Prevention Specialist Officer" they say they will check on your house as many times as possible.

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