Keep your house safe

Make sure your home has proper security systems installed before heading away on a spring break vacation.

That is the message from the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP who are reminding local residents to not fall victim to property crime while away on vacation.

"Ensuring personal safety while travelling seems to be top of mind for most when planning a holiday, however securing properties should be of high priority as well," said Const. Kelly Brett. "Homeowners often return to find their home burglarized, not a great way to end a trip."

Follow these safety measures provided by the Vernon RCMP to protect your home while you're away.

  • Install a home security system – These systems can be directly linked to a monitoring service which acts as a deterrent for intruders.
  • Install motion light sensors - Ensure the light on the sensor is bright enough to draw attention to anyone attempting to enter the home.
  • Replace old entry doors and locks – Good locks are useless if your door is easily broken.
  • Purchase a fireproof safe – Before you leave, lock up any valuables that you may keep out on an everyday basis, like jewellery or sensitive documents.
  • Relocate any hidden keys – Retrieve your hidden key and put it somewhere safe inside your home.
  • Concealing your absence - Ask a trusted person to watch the house in your absence by checking on the home daily, collecting mail and or maintaining the yard as to appear as if someone was still home. Have a neighbour park their car in your driveway for the appearance that someone is staying at the home.
  • Leave lights on – Or install timer lights that come on at different times of the day to make it appear as if someone was home.
  • Do not post online – Never post on social media you are leaving for a vacation. Avoid posting photos, check in details or updates of your vacation while away.
  • Check all locks – Before you leave, check that each door, window and garage door is securely locked.

By using Crime Prevention through Environmental Design techniques around the exterior of your home, you can make a big difference to your security at home.

Contact Rachael Zubick, Coordinator for the Vernon Community Safety Office at 250.550.7840 for a consultation.

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