During the summer months many of you will take the opportunity to travel to visit friends and families. We would like to remind you to be safe. Take adequate security measures to protect your home. Many burglaries can be avoided by taking some common precautions.
Turn on some lights when you are away. A dark home or apartment attracts burglars. Try to leave two lights on, particularly in the kitchen and living room, the two most used rooms at night. You should not, however, leave the same lights on every time you are out. When you plan to be away for a long time, ask a friend or neighbor to check your home each day and turn on different lights. Outside lights near doors and large windows are recommended to discourage burglars.
Cancel deliveries, newspapers, and mail when you are away. Newspapers piled up near your door or mail overflowing from your mailbox tells a burglar you are not home. Have a friend or neighbor check your home each evening to pick up handbills and other unscheduled deliveries left at your door.
Keep all doors and windows in good repair. A broken window or door is an invitation to a burglar. Many burglaries occur because a burglar entered through a broken door or window.
Trim your shrubs. High shrubs and bushes that hide doors and cover windows should be trimmed to reduce hiding places for burglars.
When you travel, know where you are going and how to get there and back. Check for construction detours; for longer trips, get a weather forecast. If traveling out-of-state, most state law enforcement agencies provide road-and-highway information; check to see what conditions they report before leaving. Inform a family member where you will be and when to expect you back; give them your route if they don’t know it.
Have a friend or family member check on your house and/or call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (407) 348-2222 for routine vacation checks. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.