Don't Leave Home Without...

DontleavehomewithoutPlanning a summer trip is usually focused on what you’ll do, see and experience.  Enjoy it even more by spending a little time before you leave to make sure your home is safe while you're gone.

Consider these suggestions along with your other normal efforts:

  • Tell your neighbors you’ll be out of town and to be aware of any unusual activity.    
  • Notify your alarm company    .
  • Discontinue your postal delivery.
  • Use timers on interior lights to make it appear you’re home as usual.    
  • Don’t make it easy for burglars by leaving messages on voice mail or posting on social networks.    
  • Post on social networks about your vacation after you’ve returned.    
  • Remove the hidden spare keys and give one to a trusted neighbor or friend.    
  • Lock everything, double-check and set the alarm.    
  • Take pictures of your belongings in case you need them.    
  • Disconnect TVs and other equipment in case of unexpected power surges.    
  • Adjust your thermostat.    
  • Arrange for lawn care.    
  • Consider disconnecting the garage door opener.    
  • Put irreplaceable valuables in a safety deposit box.

 It’s nice to go out of town on a well-deserved trip and it’s always nice to get back home…especially when it is just the way you left it.