VACATION SAFETY REMINDER FROM THE
PEORIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
The summer vacation season is officially here and whether you are
taking a weekend get-away or going away for a month the Peoria
Police Department would like to pass on the following safety
Vacation Safety Tips
Have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers.
During an extended vacation, make arrangements to have someone mow
your lawn or trim your bushes.
Leave lights on automatic timers.
Notify your local police department that you will be away.
Ask a neighbor or friend to stop by your house periodically; have
them open and close blinds, turn on different lights.
Let your neighbors know when you are leaving and when you plan to
return home and if you are expecting anybody at your house while you
Burglars want easy access to your home. Make sure all trees and
shrubs are trimmed near all doors and windows where intruders might
hide. Add exterior lights and consider lights that are activated by
Burglars like to work quickly, so try to slow down their path into
and around the house. Be sure you have:
Place bars in the tracks or track locks on all sliding glass doors
and windows (if they would not impede your escape in an emergency)
Lock all doors and windows.
Dont place the fact you are gone on your telephone answering
Dont hide your keys on your property.
A nosy neighbor is a burglar's worst enemy. Get to know your
neighbors and work out an arrangement to watch each other's houses.
Let them know when you will be gone and whether any deliveries are
expected during your absence.
Store jewelry and other valuables in a safe hiding place, such as
a safety deposit box.
Go through each room and write down a list of possessions,
including serial numbers. Take pictures of your valuables and keep
them in a safe place or with a friend or relative. This will help in
the event of a burglary.