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Safe & Secure: Trick burglars into thinking you're home while away on vacation

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     KSBY is keeping you Safe & Secure as you plan for spring break and summer vacations. Break-ins spike when burglars know people will be away from home, so we've asked police for ways to trick thieves into thinking someone is home.

     "In order to beat them at their own game, you have to think like they do," San Luis Obispo Police Officer Trevor Shalhoob worked as a detective for property crimes.
He's giving us an insiders look into a thieves mindset.

     "If you were a burglar what kind of things would you look for? You'd look for the mail piled up, papers in the driveway , trash cans that haven't been taken in for several days , lights that aren't on," said Shalhoob.

     While these are reminders most of us have heard, here's one that might be new to you: leave your blinds, curtains and drapes open.
     "The shades being open, the blinds being open because you want to make it look like the house is occupied ... Leaving blinds open, lights on, putting a radio on during the daytime even when you're just leaving for work those are preventative measures to keep burglars away," said Shalhoob.

     Break-ins happen more often than most people think. In San Luis Obispo, 1 to 3 homes a week are burglarized and that number tends to spike at certain times.
     "Yes, during spring break, during summer time, during winter break, anytime when traditional families are going to be out of town the burglars know it," said Shalhoob.

     It's also recommended residents hide valuables in their home or lock them up when leaving vacation. Also, carve your driver's license number on electronics or other valuable devices, so if they are stolen they're easily identified should they be recovered by police.

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