The kids are out of school and the sun is shining. You are finally able to take the family vacation that you have planned for all year. But when you leave the house and lock your door, is it really safe? Some of these best practices from Better Homes and Gardens will help you safeguard your home while on vacation.
Keep Quiet – Don’t discuss travel plans in public. You never know who might hear you say you won’t be home. Additionally, don’t post pictures or comment about your vacation on social media until you return.
Mail Arrangements -A full mailbox or pile of newspapers in your driveway can tip off criminals to an empty home. Contact the U.S. Postal Service to hold your mail and con- tact your newspaper to suspend delivery or ask a neighbor to collect the papers.
Neighborhood Watch – Ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your home while you are away and make sure they have a reliable contact number for you in case of an emergency.
Fake Your Stay – Set a timer for lights and televisions to turn off/on at night. This gives the impres- sion that someone is home and deters any intruders.
Lock Up – Although this might be obvious, take one last tour of the house to make sure all windows are locked and the alarm system is correctly armed. After this you are ready to lock the doors and hit the road with peace of mind. Your Home
CRS Newsletter May/June 2015