Vacation Security Checklist
Before you head out on vacation (or even if you do a staycation), improve your home’s security and your peace of mind with these suggestions:
Replace broken screens, latches and windowpanes. Secure gates and sheds.
Trim shrubbery, especially ones that are near windows. This allows for a clear view of anyone that is up against the house.
Don’t hide house keys outside. Leave a set with a trusted friend or neighbor.
Toss or freeze any perishable food.
Have a neighbor get mail and newspapers, put trash cans in front of your house on trash day and park in your driveway. If you are going to be gone for a while, you might also want to set up someone to mow your lawn while you are away.
Turn off any appliances that you might have used before leaving the house, such as hair straightener, iron or coffee maker. Take a picture of these so you know you turned them off.
Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated lights outside.
Leave draperies open slightly on upper floors. This will allow a bit of light (from the ones on timers) to shine through.
Don’t announce your absence on social media. Wait until you get back to post your vacation pictures.
Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars if they are parked outside.
Put valuables in a safe-deposit box.
In summer, turn off water heater; put A/C at 80 degrees.
For further peace of mind, prepay your bills or set them to autopay, so you won't have to worry about them while you're away.
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