Police Chief Lee Russo with West Valley City Police Department said social media may be the single biggest threat to your home and safety this holiday season.
He says if you do these seven things, you have a great chance at avoiding a holiday home break-in.
- Let close neighbors and friends know you will be out of town, and to look for strange activity.
- Don't post your trip on social media, it lets people know you are not home. Try posting the pictures from your trip after you get back. If you must post about your trip while on vacation let people know that someone is watching your home.
- Make your home appear as if you are home, have lights in the front rooms of your house on a timer.
- Turn on your out side lights, make it hard for criminals to hide on your property.
- Stop your mail and newspaper so they don't pile up out side your house.
- Lock your doors and windows.
- Turn on your security system.
If you ever see anything suspicious contact the police at their non-emergency number (801) 840-4000.
For questions or concerns, call (801) 955-3797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.