What You can Do to Prevent a Home Burglary During Summer Vacation

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Summer has arrived and people are going on vacation.

But if you don’t have a plan for your home, you could be at risk of being burglarized.

It all comes back to having a plan before you leave.

People typically pre-plan for their vacations but do not always do the same for their homes.

It could be the difference between coming back to your home exactly the way you left it.

“There are at least three or four neighbors home during the day all week,” Wichita Falls resident, Treva Deck said. “So we don’t have a lot of trouble.”

Deck has never had her house broken into, but not everyone can say the same, especially in the summer.

That is why Wichita Falls Police Officer Jeff Hughes and the WFPD want you to have a plan to keep your house safe from potential burglars.

“We can’t do anything about their desire, we can’t do anything about their ability, but what we can do something about is their opportunity,” Officer Hughes said. “So if we can take that opportunity away or if we do everything we can do to limit that opportunity, then our house is less likely to be a victim.”

Police encourage people to have neighborhood watch groups, proper lighting, and people picking up their mail and newspapers.

These are tips resident Janet Molhusen use to keep her house safe.

“Periodically I check to make sure that my outside lighting is working and comes on like it’s supposed to,” Molhusen said. “And I think that’s a good deterrent.”

Other neighbors, Newschannel 6 talked to said they have cameras and security systems.

Officer Hughes said those are a good idea, but people need to be proactive in crime prevention.

“Those cameras are great,” Officer Hughes said. “But if somebody is there or has already been there and you see it, at that point that system is being reactive.”

He said if you see something that doesn’t look right, report it.

“As police officers, we would much rather come out and investigate something to find out it turned out to be nothing, rather than to find out it was something and nobody called,” Officer Hughes said.

 

Original Article Here: What you can do to prevent a home burglary during summer vacation

Related Article Here: Be Prepared for the Summer Months: Peak Season for Burglary

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5 Tips to Finding a Locksmith You Can Trust

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When dealing with an emergency like getting locked out of your home, you simply don’t have time to search for the best locksmith. While I’ve used this argument for building a team of contractors so you’re prepared for emergencies, my list has never included a locksmith. After reading Top Tips to Avoid Locksmith Scams, I knew it was important to share these tips on finding a locksmith you can trust. That’s because home security is a key element of home safety,

PS Thought it was fun showing a door with an old fashion, skeleton key lock.

Finding a Locksmith Tip #1: Timing

Your home is your castle and you want to protect it. A good time to find a locksmith is right after you buy your home. Changing your locks is the only way you know that others don’t have keys to your home. You’re already researching other contractors for your home management team, so add a locksmith to your list.

Alternatively, you might switch to one of the new smart locks, that lets you track everyone entering your home. Before you buy your smart lock, consider all the other smart products you’ll be buying. You want smart products that work together, or connect through a common Internet hub.

Finding a Locksmith Tip #2: Verify the Business

Once you’ve found a locksmith, research the business online. Confirm they’re using a local address (Google maps will show you what it looks like). Check their online reviews. Call them outside normal working hours to insure they’ve got phone coverage for emergencies.

When talking to the office, ask questions about their process. How does their pricing work? Will they give you a rough estimates over the phone? Are their locksmiths licensed? Will they give you the name of the locksmith being sent to your home?

Finding a Locksmith Tip #3: Ask for Identification

When the locksmith arrives at your home, the most important thing to do is check their identification. All licensed locksmiths have a Master Security License Number. This number should be displayed on their vehicle and their photo identity card. If they say they’re licensed but don’t have their card, I’d suggest sending them on their way.

Finding a Locksmith Tip #4: Get a Written Estimate

After the locksmith has reviewed the situation, they should be able to give you a written estimate. That’s how my handyman business worked. First we’d build a list of projects over the phone. Then we’d estimate how much time everything would take, which allowed us to give a rough estimate. After our handyman technicians reviewed the work, they’d confirm or adjust the estimate.

 

Before you decide to replace your own door lock, consider the cost of the tools and hardware, in addition to your time. Locksmith estimates may include the following:

Service fees including transportation and additional charges for emergency service outside normal business hours. My handyman business charged a flat “trip fee” that covered our time to drive to/from the job site.

Hardware fees if a lock has to be replaced (lock and strike plate) or re-keyed. According to Improvement.com “If a locksmith tells you the locking mechanism needs to be replaced, you may want to get a second opinion.”

Make sure you have an opportunity to review, approve and sign-off on the estimate before work starts. This will help avoid questions at the end of the job.

Finding a Locksmith Tip #5: Pay via Credit Card

All legitimate businesses today take credit cards. It’s the safest way to pay because you’re protected against fraud. Never pay cash as there’s no way to trace it, and no recourse. And with today’s smart phones, there are lots of devices like the “Square” that enable payments through the phone (shown above).

Original Article Here: 5 Tips to Finding a Locksmith You Can Trust

Related Article Here: How to Find a Trustworthy and Reliable Locksmith

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Don’t make your vehicle a target – GEICO offers tips on how to prevent auto theft

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Imagine parking your car only to return later and discover it had been stolen. This is a situation nobody wishes to experience and GEICO would like to help you prevent it from happening.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about half of vehicle thefts are a result of driver error. GEICO encourages you to take proper precautions to make your vehicle less of a target using the following tips:

 

Be mindful of where you park your vehicle – observe your surroundings before parking. Choose an area that is well lit. When available, park in a supervised lot or covered garage. It may cost you a few extra bucks, but the added protection and peace of mind it offers is well worth it.

Secure your vehicle – remove keys, close all windows, lock doors and activate car alarm when exiting your vehicle. Never leave your car running and unattended.

Don’t leave any items in plain view – remove shopping bags, electronics, GPS devices and accessories, and other valuables that may entice a thief. Store items in the trunk when away from your vehicle.

Take advantage of anti-theft features – use car-disabling locks and tracking systems. If your car did not come pre-equip with such features, consider installing them for added protection.

Don’t store vehicle title in the car – if a thief can produce a valid auto registration it can make it easier for them to get away with the crime. Keep important car documents in your wallet or in a secret location in the car that only the owners know.

In the event that your car is stolen, immediately call the police. Once a police report has been filed, contact your auto insurer to place a claim.

 

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