Dear Homeowners …

Dear Homeowners:

It’s almost summer and that means time for vacation. I know more about your trip than anyone you talk to. How you ask? I’m a burglar! You repeat several mistakes that make it easier for me to get into your house and my hands on your valuables before you’ve ever realized it. I’m in a good mood today. So here’s what I’m looking out for that you’re not paying any attention to.

I love the Instagram pictures you post from the beach. Checking in at Magic Kingdom on Swarm lets me know exactly where you are. The selfie with the Mona Lisa on Facebook really makes me smile. Stop doing that. Posting anything about being away from home on social media is an open invitation into your home. I know what you’re going to say, ‘but my pages are private.’ Well, think again. People in my line of “work” can find ways around that too.

Thanks for not telling the police you’re going to be gone for two weeks. In most cases, they’ll gladly patrol your street and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. But because you failed to call, I’ll be in your neighborhood waiting for an opportunity. Believe me it’ll present itself sooner rather than later, especially if you’re foolish enough to not let the neighbors know you’re
away too.

Instead of leaving random lights and TVs turned on around the house for the duration of your trip, spend a few bucks on some timers. Set them to go off in different rooms at varying times. The randomness of the lights coming on will give a better illusion someone is home. Also, don’t keep all the curtains and blinds pulled shut. That looks really obvious no one is there, especially
after day two or three.

That oddly colored rock near the front door isn’t fooling anyone. We all know the rock is fake and your spare key is inside it. Don’t think about hiding the key under the doormat, flower pot or mailbox either. We check all those places too. Instead, ask a friend or neighbor you trust to keep the key and check your house regularly.

The ultimate way to keep me and others out of your house is to invest in a home security system. Barcom’s alarm systems provide protection against both thieves and fire. Surveillance cameras, automated lighting and door locks can all be controlled by your smartphone or tablet thousands of miles away. Check out the benefits here.

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but to learn more about how Barcom Security can protect you and your family, call them today at their Illinois location at 618-277- 3344 or their Missouri location at 314-421- 4343.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


… Did you really think I would give my name up that easy?

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