July 22, 2014 - CALGARY, ALBERTA - Swapping your desk and computer for a summer get-a-way is something everyone should enjoy, but the empty house you leave behind could be a target for thieves. Closed curtains, dark rooms and piled-up newspapers tell thieves your home is empty, so BBB is encouraging homeowners to check-up on security before checking-out on vacation.
"Between booking flights and hotels and packing your belongings, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of a vacation," says Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay. "But it's crucial to think about not only what you're taking with you but also what you're leaving behind."
According to the Calgary Police Service community crime statistics report, there have been more than 3,000 residential break and enters so far in 2014 and BBB is warning homeowners to minimize their risk of becoming a statistic while on vacation.
BBB recommends travellers keep the following in mind when securing their home:
For tips you can trust, visit bbb.org.
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Leah Brownridge, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay
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