You certainly do not want to come home from a
wonderful vacation to discover your home has been intruded and valuables
have been taken. There are measures that can be taken to diminish
the risk and some of these are described in the home security vacation
Put outdoor lighting on either timers, light-sensitive photocell
mechanisms, or motion detectors. You want your home to have
the "occupied look" in order to deter criminals. All potential
entry points such as garage, doors, windows, and basement entry-ways
should be illuminated.
Interior Lighting. Use timers to activate inside lighting, radios, or TVs.
Telephone Answering Machine. Set the
telephone answering machine so that the rings do not exceed three or
four. A telephone ringing for a long time many times through the
day and night is an indicator that the home is empty. If you do
not have an answering machine then turn the ringer down, disconnect the
phone, or discontinue your telephone service for the period necessary.
Do not leave a message indicating you are away on vacation!
Keys and Locks. Don't hide keys in mailboxes, under door mats, or any other place that
burglars will know to look. Leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor. For more information on locks and locksmiths
Structural Protection, Fences and Landscaping. For
more information on types of doors, locks, windows, shrubs, fences, etc.
see our page on "Home Security Tips".
Doors. All doors should be locked.
This includes the doors leading from the garage to the house and the basement door.
Windows. All windows should be secured to include second story windows.
Security Systems. Ensure your
security system is armed and provide instructions to the central
monitoring station (should you have one) to call your cell phone,
police, security patrol guard, and/or a neighbor. To find out more
Identity Theft. While away on
vacation secure any important valuables, credit cards, etc. in a safe or
safe deposit box. Make it hard for a criminal to find what he is
looking for. Click here for more information on
Remove Valuables from Home. If
possible, remove valuables from your home and leave with a family
member, trusted friend, or neighbor.
Inform a Neighbor. Let a neighbor
know of your absence. Ask them to keep an eye on your house,
collect daily newspapers, collect the mail, and put garbage out on trash
pickup days, etc.
Cancel Deliveries. Cancel newspaper,
milk, and mail deliveries if someone is not going to collect these items
on a periodic basis.
Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch.
Should your neighborhood have a Neighborhood Watch program let them know
your vacation plans. Click here for more information on
Inform Your Local Police Department.
Some police departments encourage you to inform them of your vacation
Firearms in the Home. Secure any
firearms you have in your home in a safe or some other location so that
it will be difficult for criminals to find them. Keep firearms
safely out of children's reach. Find out the facts by visiting our
Grass and Snow. Arrange to have your
walkway and drive shoveled and plowed. Have the grass cut during
Car in the Driveway. Ask one of your
neighbors or friends to park a car in your driveway while away.
This will give the appearance of someone being home.
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