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“Oftentimes, crime can be discouraged by the mere presence of an alert neighbor,” says Douglas Kane, president of Risk Control Strategies and a 27-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and expert in criminal investigations, strategic planning, crisis management, and tactical leadership. When you’re familiar with your neighborhood, you’re more likely to notice strangers or unfamiliar vehicles. “If something appears suspicious call the police. If a vehicle is repeatedly seen in the neighborhood, copy down the license plate and alert authorities,” advises Kane. Outsmart burglars with these 13 home security tips.
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We know you’re psyched about your trip to Italy, but zip it when it comes to sharing the details of your vacation with social media, shopkeepers, or tradesmen. “There is no reason to needlessly alert others when the house will be unoccupied,” says Kane. “While your favorite barista may not rob you blind while you’re away, it doesn’t mean a person standing in line behind you won’t pick up on the details without your realizing it, or your barista could talk about the trip to other people, unknowingly giving the scoop to a thief who will seize the opportunity of an empty house.” This applies to sharing work schedules or even a weekend getaway. Don’t forget to do these things before you leave for vacation.