Vacation Security Checklist

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Vacation Security Checklist

Spring break is just around the corner - here are some basic reminders to keep your home safe while you are gone!

  • Replace broken screens, latches, and windowpanes.
  • Secure gates and sheds.
  • Trim shrubbery.
  • Don’t hide house keys outside.
  • Give a neighbor a spare key. Ask them to get mail and newspapers, put trash cans in front of your house on trash day, mow and rake the lawn, and/or park in the driveway.
  • Turn off iron, ice-maker, electronics, and phone ringer.
  •  Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated lights outside.
  • Leave draperies open slightly on upper floors.
  • Don’t announce your absence with answering machine messages or notes on the door.
  •  Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars.
  •  Put valuables in safe-deposit box.
  •  Inform your local police that you'll be away.