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Burglary prevention tips
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Burglary prevention tips

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Lots of people travel this time of year, leaving their homes vulnerable to thieves. How can you keep from becoming a victim?

According to the Garland County Sheriff's Department, the key is to make your home look occupied even if no one is home. They offer the following tips to discourage would-be robbers from making off with your valuables.

  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go on at dusk and off at your bedtime.
  • Leave a radio on an all-talk show station and a little louder than normal. The conversation might lead an offender to believe the home is occupied.
  • Close bedroom drapes or blinds. Keep your curtains and blinds partly open in other areas of your house. If you’re just out for the evening, leave some lights on and close the curtains.
  • Have someone pick up newspapers and mail. When you are going to be away, tell trusted neighbors and ask them to watch your property. Tell neighbors to call the appropriate agency if they notice anything suspicious. Make sure your neighbors have an emergency contact number for you.
  • Ask a neighbor to put out your trash and recycle bins, and bring them in again, even if they are empty.
  • If you're going away for an extended period of time, and no cars will be left in the driveway, ask a neighbor or relative to park an infrequently used vehicle in your driveway, or a second vehicle if they have more than one.


Source: Garland County Sheriff's Dept.

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