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Vacation Safety, Part 1: Secure Your Home

Vacation season is upon us.  Most people will be leaving their home for a week or so during the summer months.  There are many things you can do to protect your house while you’re away.

  • Make sure your property is well-lit, the windows and doors clearly visible.  Burglars love thick shrubs and shadowy entrances.
  • Use timers on interior/exterior lights and a radio or TV to make it appear as if someone is home.
  • Make arrangements to have your lawn mowed, leaves raked or deliveries picked up.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know you’ll be away and when to expect you back.  Give them a phone number to contact you in case of emergency.  Also let inform them if you using a house sitter.  Give the trusted neighbor a key and ask them to walk through occasionally.  Things like a broken pipe or freezer can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time.
  • If you’re leaving your car at home, park it in its usual spot.  Or ask your trusted neighbor to park in your driveway.  Keep drapes and blinds in their usual positions.
  • Lock your doors.
  • Stop your newspaper and mail or get a neighbor to collect them for you. Same goes for any deliveries.  Have the same neighbor put out your trash and bring the can in as normal.
  • DON’T post your plans on social network sites, announce it on your answering machine, or otherwise broadcast your upcoming absence.  Tell your Facebook friends all about your trip AFTER you’re home.
  • Put valuables like jewelry in a safe deposit box.
  • If you have a home security system, use it.  It’s also a good idea to let your alarm company know you’ll be away and how to reach you.
  • Unplug small appliances.

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