Protect Your Home While Away This Summer

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AlertID Offers Safety Tips to Protect Your Home While on a Family Vacation This Summer

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By being proactive and taking preventative measures to safeguard your home before you leave for vacation, you will be able to relax and have peace of mind while you are away

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics study, “Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends” , property crime occurs at higher rates during the summer than during other seasons. AlertID, the nationwide safety network, offers tips to help homeowners secure their homes while away on vacation this summer.

“By being proactive and taking preventative measures to safeguard your home before you leave for vacation, you will be able to relax and have peace of mind while you are away,” said AlertID Founder, Keli Wilson.

Protecting your home can be done quickly and easily by following these tips provided by AlertID:

Home Security Tips

  •     Be aware of potential dangers in the neighborhood: Sign up for a free AlertID account at to stay up-to-date regarding home and vehicle burglaries near your home. Receive and share information on AlertID’s virtual neighborhood watch about suspicious activity in your neighborhood.
  •     Know your neighbors: Neighbors who look out for each other are among the best and least expensive defenses against crime.
  •     Keep all points of entry locked: Consider updating locks with quality keyed knobs and dead-bolt locks and use them. Even the best locks cannot protect you if you don’t use them. Place a dowel in the track of sliding doors and windows to prevent someone coming in while away.
  •     Keep all points of entry are well lit: Indoor and outdoor lighting gives the impression that the home is occupied and eliminates outdoor hiding places. Set random timers to make it look like you are always home, even when you are not. Consider installing motion-sensing lights, which turn on automatically as someone approaches the house.
  •     Secure spare keys: Leave spare keys with a trusted neighbor or family member and never hide them on the property. Burglars have more experience looking for keys than we do at hiding them.
  •     Hire a trusted alarm company: Alarm systems control access points to the home and let homeowners know if someone has invaded their space.
  •     Suspend Newspapers and Mail: A pile of newspapers and a full mailbox is a sure sign that you are not home. Suspend service and restart when you return.
  •     Gate code safety: Criminals have found clever ways to breach a guard gate. Report any suspicious behavior like strangers tailgating into the community or malfunctioning gate code systems.
  •     Social Media Safety: Don’t post on social media that you are leaving town, and wait post photos after you return from your trip.

For more tips on how to protect your home while you are away, please visit

About AlertID
AlertID, your neighborhood safety network, is free to use and helps protect families and neighborhoods. AlertID's mission is to help people live safely by providing a secure way to receive trusted public safety alerts and share information with family members and neighbors. AlertID uses technology to help citizens and federal, state and local authorities share information about crime, sex offenders, natural disasters, missing children and severe weather that can threaten public safety. AlertID is accessible to members online as well as by email and mobile app. For more information visit

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