How To Protect Your Home While Away

Be sure to lock before you leave, and let a neighbor have a key.
When leaving your home, practice the following advice - it could
pay big, big dividends.

A residence which presents a "lived-in" appearance is a deterrent
to burglars. Never leave notes that can inform a burglar that
your house is unoccupied. Make certain all windows and doors
are secured before departing. An empty garage advertises your
absence, so close the doors.

When going out at night, leave one or more interior lights on
and perhaps have a radio playing (TV sets should not be left
unattended). Timers may be purchased that will turn lights
on and off during your absence.

Do not leave door keys under flower pots or doormats, inside
an unlocked mailbox, over the doorway, or in other obvious

Discontinue milk, newspaper, and other deliveries by phone or
in person ahead of time. Do not leave notes.

Arrange for lawn care and have someone remove advertising
circulars and other debris regularly. On the other hand,
several toys scattered about will create an impression of

Notify the post office to forward your mail or have a
trustworthy person pick it up daily. Apartment house tenants
should also heed this hint since stuffed mail receptacles are
a give-away when no one is home.

Inform neighbors of your absence so they can be extra alert
for suspicious persons. Leave a key with them so your place
may be periodically inspected. Ask them to vary the positions
of your shades and blinds.

When you leave, do not publicize your plans. Some burglars
specialize in reading newspaper accounts of other people's
vacation activities.

If you find a door or window has been forced or broken while
you were away, DO NOT ENTER. The criminal may still be
inside. Use a neighbor's phone immediately to summon police.

Do not touch anything or clean up if a crime has occurred.
Preserve the scene until police inspect for evidence.

1.    Lock before you leave.
2.    Trust a neighbor with a key.
3.    Be a concerned neighbor - yourself.

Also Read "How to Protect Your Home From Intruders", "How To
Burglar Proof Your Doors" and "How To Burglar Proof
Your Windows".