MGPD offers tips to keep homes safe

(Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Maple Grove Police Department)

The Maple Grove Police Department is offering tips for homeowners this spring and summer because it’s now garage sale season.

Garage sales will soon begin throughout the city. We would just like to make some suggestions to those hosting garage sales to better protect yourself and your home.

1. Lock all the doors to your home and do not allow anyone into your house to use your bathroom or to try on any clothing.

2. Keep all money or loose change on you at all times — not in a lockbox where it could be left unattended.

3. Keep your cell phone on you at all times in case you need to contact police.

4. Keep your most valuable items near you so you can keep a close eye on them.

5. Acknowledge all persons who come to your sale, but do not answer any questions about alarm systems, security, or daytime/nighttime occupancy.