POSTED: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 10:24am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 7:29am
MISSION, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — It's estimated that a home is broken into every fifteen seconds in the U.S. and the rate of home invasions goes up during the Holidays, Alex Stockwell explains ways that you can protect your home.
If your traveling to see relatives this week for Christmas, you may wan to think twice about the condition in which you're leaving your home.
Sgt. Manny Casas says this time of year is when more burglars are active and looking for vacant homes to break-in, he suggests using timers on appliances to make it seem like someone is home, "Now, you can have timers for your TV, timers for your lights, so why not buy them? They're very inexpensive; you can buy them at any hardware store. Those timers can save you, believe me."
Other tips you can do to protect your home is:
- Keep the front porch light on and at least one interior light
- Make sure all windows are closed and locked
- Ask a family member or friend to check up on the house
- Ask a neighbor to park their car in your driveway
Those are just a few of the things you can do to minimize the risk of your home being burglarized when you're not home.
Most people don't realize that social media can put you at risk of being burglarized anytime you post online that you're away from your house, you might as well leave your front door wide open.
Sgt. Manny Casas, "Why people do that, I have no idea why they would even wanna advertise that they're not home. If you advertise that, the burglars are gonna come after you. Basically it's you asking for trouble to come your way."