Chief's Safety Tips


Millions of Americans kick off Spring the same way - with family vacations.  While Spring Break gives families a great chance to spend time together, it also gives burglars the perfect opportunity to strike.  The Jackson Township Police Department offers the following burglary prevention tips for families heading out of town for Spring Break:

RELY ON A NEIGHBOR:  Let a trusted neighbor or friend know about family travel plans.  They can collect the mail, newspapers and other items that pile up.  These can be clear signs that no one is home.  Criminals recently started placing flyers in front doors of houses and returning the following days to see who has not collected them.  This is an easy way for them to find out when families are out of town.  A trusted neighbor can also keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

DO NOT ADVERTISE VACATION PLANS:  People update their every move on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but one of the biggest home security mistakes someone can make is posting information about travel plans.  It is especially important to communicate this message to children and teens who do not think twice about the information they broadcast.  Criminals have started scouring the internet to find their next target and posting travel plans makes it easier than ever for them to know when families are out of town. 

FAKE OUT BURGLARS:  It is essential to make a home look "lived in" while on vacation, and leaving one light on just doesn't cut it.  For some burglars, it is a dead giveaway that no one is around.  Leaving two or three lights on throughout the house is a safe bet.  Many companies offer timers for lamps, TV and radios, making it easy to save energy and improve security.

UTILIZE A HOME SECURITY SYSTEM:  Houses with monitored home alarm systems are three times less likely to be burglarized than those without them.  Activating the home alarm before leaving is one of the best ways to prevent a burglary.  Many home security providers give customers window decals and yard signs so potential intruders know which homes to avoid.

If we can be of any assistance, please contact the Jackson Township Police Department at 330-834-3960.

Thank you, 
Chief Mark Brink


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