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Protecting Your Home When You are Traveling

There are a variety of ways you can protect your home while traveling. Trim trees and bushes near areas where burglars can hide. Have outside lights including motion-sensitive ones. Use lights with automatic timers in the living room and bedrooms. Make it hard for the burglar to get in your home. Nails, screws, padlocks, door and window locks, grates, bars, and bolts can help prevent intruders. An alarm system would be a good investment. Neighbors will hear noise, and help would be on the way. Don’t put valuable items where they are visible such as in windows. You can inventory your items by markings and serial numbers. This would be helpful for the police and insurance.

Don’t tell people other than trusted ones your travel plans. Ask neighbors to pick up mail and newspapers; tell your neighbors when you are leaving and coming back. Leave a key with a trustworthy neighbor; give the neighbor phone numbers where you can be reached in case of emergency. Cancel deliveries if nobody can pick them up. If you’re going to be gone a while, have someone cut the grass. Leave the blinds open in the normal position. Hide empty garbage cans. See if someone can put trash on your curb on trash pickup day. You can put your valuables in a safe deposit box. Find out if the police will check your home while you’re away. Before you leave, make certain the doors and windows are locked especially basement and garage doors. You can leave radios or televisions on or put them on automatic timers. If possible, leave a car in the driveway. By doing these things, you can come back to a safe home.