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Don’t let the anticipation of a well-deserved vacation blind you to the risks of leaving your home unprotected. Go ahead and plan your beach, camping or city shopping holiday, but take precautions before you leave. We subscribe to the “better safe than sorry” philosophy, so review your home safety checklist before you head out. A little extra vigilance will help keep your property and belongings safer while you’re gone — and will keep you from obsessing about security once you’re on the road to fun and adventure.
Here are some tips to keep your home safe while you’re away:
Ask A Friend To Help.
The best way to make your house is safe while you’re gone is to have someone you trust still living in it or keeping an eye on it.
Don’t Tip Off Criminals on the Web.
In a world where it seems everyone is blabbing about their business on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it’s important to stop and think: Who exactly is reading this stuff?
Hold Your Mail.
When you’re leaving for more than a couple of days, call your local post office to stop mail delivery until you get back. They can hold mail from three to 30 days.
Curtains Closed — or Open?
Leave your curtains exactly as you usually keep them when you’re home, since noticeable changes could hint that you’re not around anymore.
Make Your Home Look Lived In.
To help create the illusion that the residence is still occupied, invest in timers that turn on the interior lights for a few hours every evening.
Pull the Plug.
Unplug your television, computer, toaster oven and other appliances to protect them from power surges. Do this to save power as well.
This seems so obvious, but hey, it’s easy to forget.
Remove Your Spare Key.
That plastic rock isn’t fooling anyone.