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Orlando, U.S.A. — Many families across Florida and the nation will spend the Fourth of July holiday away from home, basking on the state’s beautiful beaches, traveling to see relatives or maybe just visiting friends for a backyard barbecue.
To fully enjoy those activities and other summertime pursuits spent away from home, Florida Realtors suggests that homeowners take precautions to safeguard their residences when they’re not around. Crime rates across the country often start to peak as temperatures rise during warm weather months – the same time that many families leave their homes unoccupied and unprotected.
“A home is the place where people raise their families, make memories of their lives and build on their dreams for the future – and it’s also the biggest financial investment that most people will make in their lifetimes,” says Florida Realtors 2012 President Summer J. Greene, regional manager of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Florida 1st in Fort Lauderdale. “It just makes sense to take steps to protect something so priceless.”
Homeowners can take these simple precautions to make their homes less of a target for criminals: