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Editorial: Vacation Time Again ... Protect Your Home!

So soon, the Fourth of July has come and gone and summer is officially underway. And now, with so many people about to head off to a favorite holiday spot, we feel that it is important to once again take the time to address the importance of protecting your home while you are away.

Each year, when we ask our Nassau County police officers and our local village police officers for some tips, the answer is pretty much the same --- use some common sense and take the time to take the precautions that can make all the difference.

First and foremost, when away always leave lights that will go on and off, on a timer. That includes outside lights too!

In order to further have it appear that someone is home, leave a car in the driveway --- and not hidden away in the garage as many people are most likely to do.

Another simple safety measure is letting your neighbors know that you will be away. First, they can check the house, making sure that it is secure at all times and that no strangers are about. Second, having these neighbors walk around and about the house a few times will make it appear to someone watching that the house is not empty.

Of course, an alarm system is a wonderful safety enhancement.

And police precincts offer their own vacation safety system. When you are about to leave for a vacation, call the police and let them know just when you will be gone, where you can be reached (in an emergency), who (if anyone) will be at your house at any time, and what cars will be parked in the driveway. The police will then check your house more often, and with an “educated eye” on how things should be there. Just call your precinct or your village police force.

In the midst of all of the excitement, all of the planning, and, at the last minute, all of the getaway work, don’t forget possibly the most important task --- protection for your home while you are away!

---Wendy Karpel Kreitzman