Although the break-in described in the news clipping below occurred a couple of weeks ago in Hampstead it is a stark reminder to all homeowners that one must take precautions to secure one’s home before vacation.

Always have a friend or neighbour ensure that your home does not look vacant while you’re away.  Pick up newspapers and mail, shovel the walk, keep a car in the driveway, and make your place looked lived in.  Timers are an excellent way to ensure lights and TVs cycle on and off to add to that lived in look.

For more information contact Police Station 9, your insurer or any of a number of excellent and reputable organizations’ websites.

Free Press. Feb. 26, 2013. Click to enlarge.

Free Press. Feb. 26, 2013. Click to enlarge.