Monday, November 30, 2009

Tip of the Week: Park in the Driveway

It's unfortunate that there is an abundance of vacant houses in the Warrendale neighborhood as well as rest of metro Detroit.  All too often those houses fall victim to thieves stealing everything they can.

I've learned that there is a fairly simple way to at least minimize the number of vacant houses that get broken into:  park a vehicle in its driveway.  This, of course, works best if you have more than one car in your household.  You can keep one car in your driveway and park another in the driveway of a nearby vacant house.

Parking a car in a driveway does two important things that will at least minimize the number of houses that get broken into.

First, it creates the appearance that this house is occupied.  This makes it less attractive to a would be thief since they generally don't want to confront an owner.

Second, it creates a physical barrier.  The most attractive and profitable things for a thief to steal are the water heater, furnace and the pipes connected to them.  All of these things are generally located in the basement and, for most houses, the most convenient way for to haul them out is through a side door.  If there is a car parked in the driveway then it becomes more problematic to move those things out.

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