Another school year has ended and for many, that means family vacation time. This is the time we look forward to all year as an opportunity to rest and unwind.
Unfortunately, thieves look forward to this time of year as well. According to the FBI, the highest rates of burglaries occur in the months of July and August – prime summer vacation time.
But, with a little bit of planning, you can keep your house secure and have peace of mind whenever you and your family travel away from home. Here are six tips to keep your property safe:
- Keep Quiet – While social media is an easy and convenient way to keep in touch with family and friends, it can also work against you. Thieves can easily monitor your comings and goings without ever leaving the couch – just by reading your posts. Also, don’t change answering machine and voicemail messages to say you’re on vacation. It’s best to tell only a few trusted people that you will be away. You can post your vacation pictures after you return.
- Maintain Appearances – Make your home look like someone is there. Keep a car parked in the driveway; stop mail and newspaper delivery or have it picked up by a neighbor; install timers to have lights and television turn on and off at night. If you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, make arrangements for someone to cut the grass while you’re away.
- Lock it Up – Make sure all windows (both upstairs and downstairs) are locked. Lock both deadbolts and regular locks. Lock all storage sheds, garages and barns. And, don’t leave spare keys hidden outside. Either lock them up or give them to a trusted friend or neighbor.
- Disconnect – If you save personal information on your computer, make sure it is difficult to access. Turn off your computer and disconnect it from the internet.
- Out of Sight – Don’t leave valuables in sight through windows. If you have expensive jewelry or other small items, move them to a safety deposit box. Also, don’t take chances with important documents and items of sentimental value that can’t be replaced–move those to a safety deposit box as well.
- Neighborhood Watch – Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on things while you’re gone and leave a phone number where you can be reached in case of a problem.
By following these few easy steps, you can have a safe and worry-free vacation and be able to RELAX!
The acronym TND stands for Traditional Neighborhood Development, a comprehensive planning system that includes a variety of housing types and land uses in a defined area. The variety of uses permits educational facilities, civic buildings and commercial establishments to be located within walking distance of private homes. A TND is served by a network of paths, streets and lanes suitable for pedestrians as well as vehicles. This provides residents the option of walking, biking or driving to places within their neighborhood. Present and future modes of transit are also considered during the planning stages. Public and private spaces have equal importance, creating a balanced community that serves a wide range of home and business owners. The inclusion of civic buildings and civic space—in the form of plazas, green spaces, parks and squares—enhances community identity and value. The idea behind this type of development is simple. Americans are increasingly seeking a simpler way of life—while maintaining or raising their quality and standard of living. This new ideal is being achieved by creating better places to live and returning to traditional neighborhood values that were considered the norm prior to World War II. Families are seeking out walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods that feature excellent architecture and high quality buildings. They are looking for energy-efficient homes that include features such as front porches and window boxes, and neighborhoods where streets are lined with shade trees and boast a network of sidewalks that invite people to leave their cars parked and instead, take a stroll. There’s a balance of public and private space, with green or natural space given a high priority in the neighborhood’s overall design. Hike and bike trails traverse these communities. And open spaces, parks, and a main public square serve as gathering points for residents. Traditional Neighborhood Developments are a lost art making a comeback in a big way. And, Patrick Square is proud to be a part of that movement.
Welcome! Please make yourself at home. It’s easy here at Patrick Square, with captivating new homes and versatile floor plans, familiar Southern architecture and exceptional amenities. Plus the walk-to convenience of the rapidly evolving Town Center, whose shops, restaurants and businesses will offer exciting diversions for residents in the neighborhood and beyond. All just moments from Clemson University. Most important: the friendliest, most engaging neighbors you’d ever hope to chat with on your own front porch. Please explore our online “neighborhood,” then call or come by. We want to hear about you and your family, and help you fulfill your South Carolina Upstate real estate dreams.