March Break is in full swing.  School is out for a week and plans have been made to enjoy this week to the absolute fullest.  To get the most out of your March Break, here are some home safe­ty tips to make sure you enjoy a great week with­out hav­ing to wor­ry.

1. Arm your Alarm

If you’re plan­ning to take a vaca­tion or will be out of your home for a few days, make sure to arm your home alarm sys­tem before leav­ing.  The March Break is a time a year where bur­glars know that peo­ple will be out of their home, mak­ing them per­fect tar­gets for break-ins. Pre­vent them from com­ing in by arm­ing your first line of defense.

2. Secure all Access Points

To pre­vent a res­i­den­tial break in from occur­ring, make sure to secure and lock down all access points to your home.  Your doors and win­dows are all access points for bur­glars into your home, includ­ing your base­ment doors and win­dows.  To make sure no one or noth­ing enters with­out your per­mis­sion, make sure all doors and win­dows are in good shape and are strong enough to with­stand the great­est of forces.  Seal are cracks and leaks and make sure all the locks are fas­tened tight­ly.

3. You’re home.…but not real­ly

If you’ll be out of town dur­ing the March Break, try to make it look like you’re home too.  Use timed lights inside to make it look like some­one is home and use motion sen­sor lights out­side to keep your prop­er­ty well lit.  Also, get a neigh­bour or fam­i­ly mem­ber to pick up your mail and keep a car parked on the dri­ve­way.

4. Keep plans to your­self

If you’ve made excit­ing plans for the break, you’ll prob­a­bly feel like shar­ing them with fam­i­ly, friends and neigh­bours.  How­ev­er, that may not be the safest thing to do.  Try to keep your plans for the break to your­self, only telling impor­tant fam­i­ly mem­bers.  Also, dur­ing your break, try not to reveal to much about it on social media.  Crim­i­nals are always on the prowl for unat­tend­ed homes and reveal­ing online that you’re away on vaca­tion could put your home at risk.  As much as you want to share with peo­ple your trip, try to do it after you’ve returned.  Post­ing your vaca­tion activ­i­ties puts your home at a greater risk of being bur­glar­ized.

Have a great March Break!!

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.