Vacation Security Checklist

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Keeping Your Home Safe While on Vacation

Are you planning a vacation this summer?  If so, check out these tips to safeguard your home before you hit the road!!

  • l Replace broken screens, latches, and windowpanes.
  • l Secure gates and sheds.
  • l Trim shrubbery.
  • l Don’t hide house keys outside.
  • l 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.
  • l Turn off iron, ice-maker, electronics, and phone ringer.
  • l Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated lights outside.
  • l Leave draperies open slightly on upper floors.
  • l Don’t announce your absence with answering machine messages or notes on the door, and don't post your vacation pictures on social media until after you return.
  • l Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars.
  • l Put valuables in safe-deposit box.