Summer is coming. That means many of you will be taking family vacations. The summer months are a long awaited time for most of us. Kids are out of school, and it is a perfect time to hit the road. Following are some safety tips that I would like you to think about from the Bartow Police Department this year.
First, let’s talk about your home. While you are away from your home this year, please make sure you have done some basic safety checks. Cancel your paper delivery, use lights on a timer if possible, and leave someone in charge of your house in case of an emergency. If you live in the City of Bartow, the police department offers house checks. Officers and volunteers, assigned to your area for patrol, will keep an extra eye on your house and might even prevent a theft or burglary.
Second, don’t let social media make you a victim. Everyone loves to post their personal business on Facebook, or whichever site you favor. The problem with this is you are opening up your life and home to become a potential victim. Let’s think about that for a second … how can that be? Well, if you are on vacation with all of the kids, dogs, cats, etc. posting all of the fun times you are having in the Bahamas, then it is clear to everyone, including prospective bad guys, that your house and property are free for the taking. Just don’t do it while you are away. Wait until you get home to post your favorite vacation photos. At the very least, don’t post a minute by minute update. Photos can be traced with the GPS devices in our smart phones today. Have a great summer, but don’t sacrifice your safety. Like my wife always says, “Make good choices.”