Going on Vacation? Fight Crime and Protect Your Home While You’re Away

home security in rocky mount ncThe soft echo of the ocean waves, the mesmerizing view of the mountains, catching that prize-winning trout. The ideal vacation means different things to different people, but they all have one thing in common: It's a time to relax and unwind.

You've saved all year for your incredible getaway, and the last thing you want is to come back to more stress. That's why it's important to fight crime by safeguarding your home while you're away. 


Police & Community: Fighting Crime Together

Rocky Police Department has made great strides in reducing the Rocky Mount crime rate.

It has steadily decreased over the last three years and is now the lowest  in 37 years. 

One vital element of this crime reduction strategy is working together with local citizens, using outreach to create a proactive approach to fight crime. These approaches have been very effective in making cities less dangerous. 

Some of these initiatives include:

 

The Rocky Mount Police Department offers these tips for safeguarding your home while you're away on vacation:

  • Lock Your Doors and Windows
    Did you know that many burglars will not spend more than 60 seconds trying to break into your home? This means you should be sure everything is secure. Don't forget to set any intrusion alarms and secure sliding glass doors. 

    Forget about the key under the rock or hiding a key under a mat or in a flower pot. Most criminals already know those tricks. Instead, leave a key with a neighbor or a friend you trust.

  • Let Your Neighbors Help
    Your trusted neighbors can keep an eye on things while you’re away and alert police to any unusual activity. If you’re using a pet sitter, let them know.

  • No News is Good News
    We know you're excited about getting to go to the Outer Banks, but please be careful when announcing this on Facebook or Twitter. Many are not aware that their post can appear in different feeds and may be seen by more than just their friends. 

    Remember, you can always upload your photos to your Facebook page and schedule them to be published after you return.
  • Automatic Timers are Your Friend
    If the light is on in your living room for two weeks, anyone watching your house can easily assume you're not at home. Remember, criminals will stake out homes they want to target.

  • Let the Police Know You're Away
    Let the police know that you'll be out of town so they can pay particular attention when patrolling the area.

  • Let the Post Office Hold Your Mail
    Piles of newspapers or an overflowing mailbox broadcast that no one is home. Either speak with the post office about temporarily stopping your mail or have a neighbor pick it up for you.

  • Don’t Leave Expensive Items in Plain View
    Even if you have an alarm system and your doors and windows are secure, do not leave tempting items such as computers or sound systems in plain view. If you leave a car at home or in an airport parking lot, be sure to place valuable items in your trunk.

  • If You Have an Alarm System, Use It
    You'd be surprised to know how many don't take advantage of the resources available.

Bon Voyage! See You When You Return Home to Rocky Mount

With a few simple precautions, you can ensure that your home will be safe while you're away. Remember, the police and community citizens are partners striving to keep Rocky Mount safe---one reason that the Rocky Mount crime rate has steadily decreased over the last three years.

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