Cpt. Kip Judice of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office says your house has a better chance of being burglarized while you're out cruising or road tripping this summer.
But, the numbers may surprise you. According to the sheriff's office, during the months of June, July, and August of 2012 and 2013 there were 110 and 112 residential burglaries respectively.
During the months of January, February, and March of 2012, 2013, and 2014 there were 105, 103, and 76 residential burglaries respectively. "But what this doesn't dictate is that many of these burglaries were discovered on the same day as opposed to if someone is out of town three or four days," says Judice.
Judice says that makes a big difference when trying to find out who burglarized your house...
"If a person’s home is broken into between eight in the morning and five in the evening sometimes we can determine through employment records whether or not a person was at school and eliminate them from being a potential suspect. But, when a person’s residence was broken into between Monday and Thursday, it becomes much more difficult to determine what exact day that burglary occurred on and then we're unable to potentially eliminate suspects from being involved, because for them to be tied for three or four days, 24 hours a day would be unlikely," says Judice.
Here are a few tips to safeguard your home while you're away:
Don't tag your location on social media especially if it's out of town.
Don't post on social media that you are leaving town. For example, Judice says, don't post pictures of you standing at the beach. Even without a location, burglars would still know you're not home.
Have a friend, family member or neighbor pick up your newspapers and take in your mail.
Contact your local law enforcement agency to tell them you are going out of town.
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