Apologies for sending this out a little late, as the worst month of the year is fortunately already behind us. If you still plan to escape the oh-so-lovely Wisconsin weather this spring to go on vacation however, make sure you take a few minutes to secure your home in order to minimize the risk of burglary while you’re gone. In 2018, there were 18 reported residential and commercial burglaries in Muskego. This may seem like a small number, but you don’t want to become part of this year’s statistics, do you? Before you leave, follow these tips to safeguard your house while you’re away:
- Don’t mention your absence on social media.
- Double-check to make sure all doors and windows are locked, including the door between your home and garage (the most often forgotten).
- Use motion-sensing lights near entrances to your home or make sure standard outdoor lights near entrances are left on.
- Set timers on lights, radios and TVs to create the illusion someone is in the home (just like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone).
- Place a hold on mail and newspaper delivery so that it doesn't pile up inside your mailbox, indicating no one is home to take it inside.
- Arrange for someone to shovel your driveway and sidewalk if necessary (I'm hoping a praying we get no more snow).
- Don’t keep valuables in your bedroom as this is where burglars go first. Instead, keep valuables in an unlikely place.
- Trim shrubbery near entrances or windows as they can provide a hiding place for a burglar to quickly smash a window or door.
- Notify neighbors that you will be away from your home and encourage them to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.