GOING AWAY SMARTS

Excited about your upcoming vacation? Just don’t excite potential burglars who are equally anxious for your departure! Experts agree that by taking a few simple precautions you can help reduce the threat of home break-ins.

Take this quiz to assess your home security while you’re away:

Step 1
  1. Do you have motion sensor lights at the front and back of the house?


  2. Before you go, do you cancel all deliveries and put your mail on a "vacation hold”?



  3. Do you notify local police about your vacation schedule and ask them to check your home periodically?


  4. Do you unplug electrical appliances and test your smoke and burglar alarms?


Step 2
  1. Do you lock up all valuables (e.g., jewelry, rare collectibles you are leaving behind (e.g., jewelry, collectibles, electronics) and store, what you can, in a home safe or bank vault?


  2. Do you ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your house while you’re away?


  3. Do you leave spare keys outside?


  4. Do you leave your computer turned on and connected to the Internet?


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Step 3
  1. Do you leave the home looking “lived-in” (e.g., keeping blinds/shutters open, removing garbage cans from the curb and putting some lights on timers)?


  2. When you park at an airport, do you remove your GPS and insurance identification and other cards that have you home address from your car?


  3. Do you make social media posts about your vacation before and during your trip?


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