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VOLUME 24, NO. 3


Going On Vacation?

Secure Your Home For Peace Of Mind

You’ve got your itinerary, made your reservations and are ready to pack your bags. Don’t forget about keeping your home secure while you’re away! While you may already monitor a home security setup remotely, use these tips to give you added peace of mind.

  • If possible, load your vacation gear into the car while it’s in the garage so you’re not announcing to passersby that you’re on your way out of town.
  • Make your home appear occupied. Schedule lights throughout the house to turn off and on at various times after dark using simple plug-in timers or a smartphone app.
  • Close the window coverings on the first floor so would-be thieves aren’t tempted by valuables and other items visible from outside.
  • Use extra caution when referencing your vacation on social media, or better yet, don’t mention it at all. Information spreads quickly, and you don’t want it to get into the wrong hands. Hold off on posting photos and updates until you’re back home.
  • Tell your close friends and trusted neighbors of your travel plans. Let them know when you’re expecting to return and how you can be reached in an emergency.
  • Have the post office hold your mail, and suspend any newspaper and package deliveries (or ask a neighbor to collect them for you).
  • Arrange to have the lawn mowed in your absence if you’ll be gone for more than a week or so.
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway on occasion so it looks like there’s someone home.
  • Lock the garage, gates and sheds. Don’t forget to lock any side doors and doors leading into the house from the garage.


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