If know someone who you really trust, we mean REALLY trust...
Ask them to house sit for you, while you are away. Make sure
they are reliable and capable of doing so. Knowing your home
is cared for and attended to, while travelling, provides
peace of mind and excellent home security.
Make sure that your home is locked and all appliances are
shut down before leaving for any length of time.
Time your lights in alternate rooms at various settings. Buy
an extra timer and avoid just using one light at the same
time, day in and day out. Set the lights in different rooms,
at overlapping times.
Lock your garage and sheds.
If you have TRUSTED neighbors, let them know you are going
and when you expect to return.
Ask them to keep an eye on your home and tend to your mail
Leave your family or trusted neighbor the capability to
contact you in case of an emergency.
Avoid leaving your home looking unattended.
Have arrangements made for trash pick up and lawn care.
If you need to, have mail and newspaper delivery suspended
for the duration of your trip. There is probably no better
sign that a home is vacant than having mail and news papers
piling up on the porch.
If you leave a car outside, arrange to have it moved every
so often, by neighbors or family. It will give the
impression that you are still coming and going.
Contact your local Police Department and ask them to give
your home special attention when possible.
While traveling, use travelers checks and keep extra checks
Carry a photocopy of all your identification and credit
cards in case you lose something. At least you will be able
to identify yourself if needed. You will also have a copy of
all your important documents and numbers.
Make sure your accommodations are safe and clean. Use all
the security features provided to you.
Use ALL door locks in your room.
Leave a TV on when you are out of your hotel room. Use the
DO NOT DISTURB SIGN.
Do not use the "Please Clean" sign. It indicates that you
are out of the room.
All reasonable lodging facilities will have a safe that you
can keep extra checks, money or valuables in. Use them if
Report any suspicious persons or activities to the desk
personnel and ask them when something will be done about it.
Check back to make sure it has.
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