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Crime Prevention Tips for People Going Away on Vacation
We are now entering the vacation season when people leave their homes for one or two weeks at a time.  A common question asked by the homeowner is: "I'm going away on vacation, how can I protect my home from being broken into?"  Unfortunately, nothing can guarantee that your home wonít be broken into but, I have listed 8 helpful points that will make it harder for the would be thief.
  • Stop all deliveries or have a neighbor pick up your mail and newspaper daily.
  • Don't close your blinds or pull your shades down.  This advertises your house is empty.
  • Don't discuss your absence in public where people you do not know could overhear you.
  • Use a clock timer to turn your lights on and off.  This makes your house appear occupied.
  • If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, arrange to have your lawn mowed.
  • Move your valuables so they are not visible through the windows.
  • Make sure lawn furniture, bicycles, etc. are locked in the garage or cellar.
  • Arrange with a neighbor or the police for a house check while youíre away.

 
 
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