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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators
Crime, Families
My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

  • Lock all windows and doors in your house and garage.
  • Keep valuables away from windows and lower blinds and close curtains so passers-by can’t view these items.
  • Set up timed lights around your house and have them turn on in the morning and evening.
  • Install a timer on your TV so it’s on when you’d normally be watching.
  • Have a neighbor watch your house and bring in newspapers, mail and any packages on your porch, or cancel your newspaper and mail delivery while you’re gone.
  • Don’t announce your upcoming vacation on social media- you never know who is reading your Facebook post or Tweet.
  • Turn your home phone ringer off or down because a loud, unanswered phone can tip someone off that you’re not home.

East Grand Rapids has consistently rated as one of the top 10 safest midsized cities in Michigan.

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