Thursday, June 11, 2009

Protect your home while away on vacation

It's June, and if you're like me, your mind is on that summer getaway. If you're headed out of town, do your best to burglar-proof your home while you're away.

Here is a checklist recommended by many police departments:

  • Stop mail and newspapers, or ask a trusted neighbor to get them every day.
  • Put timers on several household lights.
  • Arrange to have grass mowed while gone.
  • Be cautious about whom you tell about your departure.
  • Make sure that everything is locked and secure. Double-check sheds, windows, garage doors and basement windows.
  • An unanswered phone might tip off a prowler that no one is home. Turn off the ringer and don't mention your departure on the answering machine.
  • Leave on an outdoor light with a motion sensor.
  • Remove all "secret" keys from outside. Leave blinds and curtains in normal positions wherever possible, taking care not to expose many valuables.
  • Stow valuables (important papers, jewelry, etc.) in a home safe or safe-deposit box.
  • Activate the alarm system and notify the security company about your vacation.

Do everything you can to give the illusion that someone is at home.

Source: Orlando (Florida) Police Department

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