CHECK THE LOCKS
A few weeks before you leave, inspect the locks on all of your windows and doors. Make sure deadbolts slide into place, window locks aren’t easy to pry open, and sliding glass doors have security bar in place. If anything doesn’t work or is missing, repair it.
STOP YOUR MAIL
As soon as you know when you’ll be traveling, fill out the United States Postal Service’s online form to stop your mail. It is a surefire sign you’re away from home.
DON’T STAND OUT
While closing your curtains may seem like the obvious choice, it can backfire. Instead, leave a curtain or two open like you normally would, and move your stuff out of view. And if your’re traveling during the holidays, don’t leave presents under the tree in plain slight. Ask a neighbor to pick up any packages left at your door.
MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU’RE AT HOME
Affordable automatic timers can make it seem like someone is home while you’re away. Add timers to lamps in different rooms and stagger the on/off times. Hooking timers up to a TV or Radio can also make it seem like someone’s home.
BEEF UP SECURITY
There are some inexpensive, temporary solutions you can use while you’re on vacation. Wireless alarms and sensors an be attached to doors and windows. If you want an even cheaper option, buy a set of window decals and yard signs from an alarm company. Even if you don’t actually have an alarm, thieves might not bother to test it.
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