Are you going on vacation soon? Don't forget these important tips.
Vacation Security Checklist
Replace broken screens, latches, and windowpanes. You don't want to give negative appearances.
Secure gates and sheds. Make sure everything is locked.
Trim shrubbery. Untrimmed shrubbery creates a fence for intruders and a blindspot for homeowners.
Don’t hide house keys outside. Everybody does that.
Give a neighbor a spare key. Ask them to get mail and newspapers, put trash cans in front of your house on trash day, mow and rake the lawn, and/or park in the driveway. I'm sure your neighbor won't mind. Just be sure to return the favor.
Turn off iron, ice-maker, electronics, and phone ringer.
Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated lights outside. This gives the illusion as if someone is either home or there often.
Leave draperies open slightly on upper floors. Leave some blinds slightly open.
Don’t announce your absence with answering machine messages or notes on the door. It might be a good idea to get rid of the answering machine alltogether. Today most people don't check their voicemail.
Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars. This is a must.
Put valuables in safe-deposit box.
Inform your local police that you'll be away. It's called a vacation watch.