Fall is here, it means time to clean up the yard and prepare for cool days ahead. Keep in mind thieves are always prepared as well.
The following outdoor belongings are often targeted by thieves:
Ladders: If you keep ladders out, be sure to chain or padlock them. If at all possible, store the ladders in a shed or garage.
Tools: Put tools away after a day of yard work. Lock them in a shed or in an enclosed garage area. Screwdrivers, hammers and pry bars can be used to break into your home, garage, or vehicle.
Tables and chairs: Use a chain or a cable to lock your patio furniture.
Bicycles: Always put them in a garage or shed. If you do not have either, lock them to something that can’t be moved.
BBQ: If possible lock it to something that can't be moved.
Tips to minimize the risk of being targeted:
- Trim trees and bushes that could conceal burglars, especially around windows and doors.
- Keep your yard maintained to give the house a lived-in appearance. Cut grass, rake leaves, remove dead branches and debris.
- Install motion-sensitive outside lights to brighten dark areas around doors or windows.
- Ensure your fence and gate are in good repair – check for holes and damage that may need repair. Keep your gate locked at all times and ensure the lock works properly. A lock or latch that self closes and can be padlocked when you are away is recommended.