A recent report from the FBI says that 90% of home burglaries can be prevented.

Thinking ahead before you go on vacation can help stop burglars from targeting your home while you’re away.

Here are some easy tips that can help reduce the risk of burglaries:

Automatic Lights

You can purchase a timer for your lights at Home Depot or Canadian Tire for example. They cost approximately $25 CAD. Even if you only purchase one for the living room or the kitchen, it still makes it look like someone is in the house.

Baggage Tags

Write your work address on your baggage tags. Many burglaries happened because some airport employees took a picture of the baggage tag, sent it to someone, who then goes around your house knowing you are away for a while.

Mail Delivery

If you are still getting mail delivery at the house and not in one of those mailboxes at the end of the street, you can have Post Canada hold your mail while you are away on vacation.

Social Media

Don’t post on social media that you are going on vacation and how much time you will be away. You never know who’s seeing your post. Please remember that when one of your friends/contacts like or comment on your post, all of their friends/contacts can see the post. I personally know every single person I’m connected to on my private social media accounts, but I know for a fact that many of my friends have never met the people they are in connected with.