Preventing Burglary While You Are On Vacation

Homeowners can take steps to reduce the risk of break-ins while they are away.

Shelby Cassesse
June 06, 2018 - 10:59 am
Homeowners can prevent break-ins before going on vacation.

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - If you're planning to go on vacation this summer, your home may be at a higher risk for burglary while you're away. 

Insurance Commissioner of Pennsylvania Jessica Altman told the KDKA Radio Morning News there are certain things homeowners can do before they go on vacation to prevent a break-in, even though they are rare. 

"That's your home, your personal property, things that mean a lot to you," she said. "So, if you can take a couple of simple steps to protect your home and to prevent those break-ins from happening or mitigate the impact if, unfortunately, they do happen, why not do it?"

Some of the more commonly known strategies are putting a hold on your mail and newspaper, asking someone to mow the lawn while you are away and leaving a light on a timer.

Altman says homeowners should take it a step further and put multiple lights on a timer. If a potential burglar is watching your home, they may notice the same light is coming on each night. 

"If there's any way to either put lights on a timer so different lights go off or use a trusted friend or neighbor to come turn on different lights, inside lights, outdoor lights, that's even better," she said.

Disconnecting or turning the volume down on your doorbell could also serve as a deterrent from a home invasion. Altman says a potential burglar could ring the doorbell to see if anyone is home.

"If they hear the doorbell and no one comes, they're pretty sure no one's home," she said. "If they don't hear the doorbell and no one comes, they're not sure if no one's home or if you just didn't hear the doorbell."

Altman also suggests installing an alarm system that will alert police if there is a break-in.