Home Security When Away

Somersett UnitedThe following is from a “Mike Mail” sent recently to Sierra Canyon residents by Mike Agular, Executive Director Sierra Canyon Association.  The content of which is equally applicable to the rest of Somersett.  Although crime in the Somersett Community is very low compared to the rest of Reno, one should not be complacent.  A point not covered in the Mike Mail is the propensity by some to use social media to let all know where they are and what they are doing, one needs to be careful here.

“Last weekend there was another burglary within Sierra Canyon in Village 11 (the first one was in Village 12).  The Reno Police Department is investigating and we are working on setting up a meeting to have the Reno Police Department come give a presentation on home security. I will send out a “Mike Mail” with date and time for this meeting at the lodge soon.  

The most important tip besides the tips listed below is to let you neighbors know when you are going to be out of town!  I have requested from Somersett that the communities security patrol company “Securitas” make extra trips into Villages 11 & 12 going forward which they agreed to do.  “Securitas” drives the entire community (Somersett and Sierra Canyon) from 9 PM until 6 AM.

Below are some tips to consider to help protect your home when you are away:

Safety Tips for the Home

  • Lock all windows and doors when leaving for any length of time. Keep all entrance points into your house secured while you’re at home as well.
  • Set indoor and outdoor lights on timers whenever you will be away from home. It’s also a good idea to do the same with a TV or radio to make it appear as if someone is home.
  • Never place gifts or valuable items in plain view from any window. Close blinds, shutters, drapes, and curtains to prevent a burglar from seeing what he can get if he breaks in.
  • If you don’t recognize a person knocking at your door, you are not obligated to open up.

Travel Safety Tips

  • Tell a trustworthy friend or relative where you are going and the time you expect to return home.
  • Ask a neighbor or other dependable person to watch your house. Put vacation holds or your mail and newspaper deliveries, or have someone pick them up daily. Papers in the driveway and a stuffed mailbox are sure signs that no one is home.
  • When returning to your vehicle, look inside and around it before getting in. If you see evidence of a possible break-in, call the police.”