We recently had a mitigation job come in that was a result of a break in and vandalism. The homeowners were wintering down south and had a family member watching their home. Thankfully this family member checked in when they did.
The vandals turned on all the faucets and left the water running when they left. They also attempted to start a fire by leaving some towels close to the stovetop burners while on. Thankfully in this case, attempting to start a fire was unsuccessful. In my research to write this blog I found out that authorities call this technique by vandals a “slow burn.”
When you go on vacation, or simply leave for work in the morning, the last thing you want to worry about is the security of your home. Visibly empty houses are prime targets for vandalism or break-ins, and the threat is real. According to the FBI, more than 2.1 million burglaries occur in the U.S. nearly every year, with an average $2,100 dollar loss per incident.
By now, you probably know the drill: always lock your doors and windows, stop your mail and newspapers prior to vacations, and put your lights on a timer. Here are some additional helpful suggestions to prevent you from becoming a victim of a burglary or vandalism:
If you or anyone you know should fall victim to vandalism, you can be rest assured that 24Restore’s highly trained property damage restorers can handle everything from the board up to getting your home or business exactly as it was before the tragedy.