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Home Preparations   

When going on vacation or out-of-town for any reason:

  • Don't publicize vacations ahead of time. (Facebook - Status updates and pictures) Burglars use the internet too. Stop deliveries of newspapers and mail.
  • Arrange to have the lawn mowed.
  • Leave information where you can be contacted in an emergency with a trusted neighbor and ask them to keep an eye on your house.
  • Give your house a lived-in appearance. Home Burgurlar in front of home
  • Have a neighbor occasionally use your garbage can.
  • Put automatic timers on several lights and a radio. Set them so they will turn on and off at random times in different rooms, especially the bathroom.
  • Do not leave lights on 24 hours a day.
  • Leave drapes in a normal position to maintain a lived-in appearance.
  • Have a neighbor park in your driveway or in front of your house.



While Traveling

While you are on your vacation, you can greatly increase our protection by taking the following safety precautions:

  • Carry traveler’s checks instead of large amounts of cash.
  • Always carry wallets, purses and bags securely. (Do not leave purses on chairs, under tables or on restroom hooks.)
  • Keep your cash, jewelry and valuables (such as passports, cameras and airline tickets) locked in your hotel safety deposit box or safe.
  • Do not leave room keys laying around the swimming pool.
  • NEVER pick up hitchhikers.
  • Never leave your keys in unattended car, even while running a quick errand or filling up with gas.
  • While driving, travel on main roads. National Lampoons Family Waving  behind Stationwagon
  • Lock any packages, cameras, clothing or other valuables in the trunk when you leave your car.
  • At night, park your car in a well-lighted area. Remember to lock doors and roll up windows.
  • Be wary of solicitors.
  • Travel in pairs or groups if possible.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Should you see anything suspicious call 9-1-1.
  • ALWAYS lock your hotel room door, even if just going for ice. Intruders much prefer to walk in rather than crash in.
  • If you do become the victim of a crime, report it immediately. Do not wait until you return home. Some crimes must be reported in the jurisdiction where they occur.
Last updated: 6/27/2012 3:54:10 PM