- Ask a trusted friend to pick up your mail, newspaper and keep yard tidy to avoid an appearance of being empty.
- Consider discontinuing your mail (USPS Hold Mail Service).
- Don’t post about your trip on Facebook and other social media until you return. Some burglars actually look for this type of announcement to schedule their activities.
- Notify police or neighborhood watch – especially if you’re going to be gone for more than just a few days. Let your monitoring service know when you’ll be gone and if someone will be checking on your home for you.
- Light timers make it look like someone is home. Use several sets for different times to better simulate someone being at home.
- Unplug certain appliances – TV, computers, toaster ovens – that use electricity even when they’re off and to protect them from power surges.
- Don’t hide a key. Burglars know exactly where to look for your key, and it only takes them a moment to check under the mat, above the door, in the flower pot or in a fake rock.
These easy-to-handle suggestions may protect your belongings while you’re gone while adding a level of serenity to your trip.
Enjoy your vacation!