Protecting Your Vegas Vacation Home When Youre Away
Protecting Your Vegas Vacation Home When Youre Away
Great Article from Allstate Blog
Second homes in Las Vegas
are a respite for retirees or seasonal residents. These residents,
sometimes called “snowbirds,” take crime prevention very seriously and many believe securing their home can begin as early as during the home buying process.Many seasonal residents choose neighborhoods that offer security by
design. Jacque Petroulakis, a spokesman with PulteGroup Corporate
Communications, says that a community gate is one of the 10 most popular
“non-amenity” items at the company’s Del Webb 55+ communities.
Its communities include Solera at Stallion Mountain, at East Flamingo
Road & Cabana Drive in Las Vegas, and The Club at Madeira Canyon,
at 2852 Saint Dizier Drive in Henderson.
In addition to gated communities, Petroulakis says the properties
have robust volunteer community watchdog groups whose members follow
routes to check homes on an ongoing basis.
Though scant data exists on the number of seasonal homes in Clark County, U.S. Census data posted by the Nevada State Demographer’s Office
may give an idea of the total number of wintertime nests in Vegas. In
2010, there were 22,002 vacant homes for occasional, recreational, or
seasonal use in Clark County. Additionally, 164,474 were listed
as households with individuals 65 years and over. Agents say “snowbirds tend
to perch in nicer, newer areas that are lower in crime.” they also noted
that 21 of the home purchases she facilitated in 2012 were by Canadians
who had been visiting three to four times per year.
The Canadian Snowbird Association, a 70,000 member not-for-profit organization, offers tips on home security while you’re away.
A pile of mail can signify to burglars that you are not home. Photo by: Meerkatbaby via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
House-sitter. Ask a reliable person, such as a
neighbor, to stop by and check the interior and exterior of your home
once a week while you’re away. This person can serve as a secondary
contact for your home security system, as well as collect junk mail and
flyers from accumulating on your property. If you don’t have a reliable
contact, consider hiring a house-sitting service.
Landscaping. Arrange for regular landscaping and lawn care while you’re away.
Locks. Install deadbolt locks on all exterior
doors, and locking pins on all windows and sliding doors. Lock the
garage door manually if you have an electronic opener.
Mail Service. Make sure to have your mail forwarded.
Crime Rates and Deterrents
Preliminary 2012 figures from the FBI
indicate that local law enforcement agencies received 17,185 reports of
burglaries for 2012 in the metro area (three jurisdictions: Henderson,
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, and North Las Vegas). The burglary rate
is comparable to Phoenix’s, a retirement destination with a similarly
sized population (1.4 million).
Crime patterns can change over the years. For decades Pat—who
migrated back and forth between here and Illinois for five years before
becoming a Vegas resident in 1974—has owned and lived in a house located
near the Strip. She says that she feels safe there today, but back in
the late 1980s a burglar did break into the back bedroom.
After that, Pat and her husband had bars installed on the back
bedroom window and on the picture window in front—what the National
Sheriff’s Association calls a “deterrent” or “delay” for a would-be
burglar in its Home Security Handbook.
The Handbook offers additional deterrents, such as keeping
landscaping trimmed around windows and doors, and making sure that all
exterior entrances are well lit.
Although nearby Arizona pulls in as many as 300,000 snowbirds per year according to research at Arizona State University, Pat and others prefer Vegas, where some businesses never close.Dave Tina, president of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors,
agrees that the 24-hour Vegas lifestyle is an important draw. Other
factors include tax issues, weather, and the perception that Vegas real
estate is now a good investment.
“Other state governments are raising their tax rates,” says Tina, a
realtor with 17 years’ experience in the Vegas market. “Nevada has no
state income tax, so homeowners stay in Vegas for six months to the day,
to avoid paying income tax in another state.”
Also, “You may not need to go out in the middle of the night—but
knowing that you can, that’s really appealing,” says Tina. “And home
prices are starting to rise.”
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