Vacation Check List...
You Are Going On Vacation - Help Burglars Take One Too!
An empty house is a tempting target for a burglar. Use this checklist of tips
to help safeguard your home while you're away.
- Have good locks on all doors and windows and USE THEM!
- Ask a neighbor to watch the house while you're away. It's a good idea to
leave your vacation address and telephone number with a neighbor so you can
be reached in case of an emergency.
- Never leave your house key hidden outside your home.
- Stop all deliveries, or arrange for a neighbor to pick up your mail,
newspapers and packages.
- Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, rake leaves and maintain the yard to
give the home a lived-in look.
- Plug in timers to turn lights, a radio or television on and off at
appropriate times. This helps to disguise the fact that you are away.
- Turn the bell or ringer on your telephone down low. If a burglar is
around, he won't be alerted to your absence by a ringing phone.
- Don't announce your absence on answering machine messages.
- Leave your blinds, shades and curtains in a normal position. Don't close
them unless that is what you do when you are home.
- Close and lock garage doors and windows. Ask a neighbor to occasionally
park in your driveway. If you leave your car at home, park it as you
normally would. Vehicles parked outside should be moved occasionally to
appear that they are being used.
- Secure storage sheds, attic entrances and gates.
- Tell your local police you plan to be away. Patrol officers may have the
opportunity to periodically check your home.
- Engrave your valuables as recommended in Operation I.D. This simple step
will allow your stolen property to be identified and returned to you if
recovered by the police.
- Travel Safely!
- At home or away, staying alert can save the day!
- If you are driving, make sure your vehicle has been properly serviced and
is in suitable condition for the journey.
- Try to have specific directions and routes to your destination.
- If you get lost, call the local police for directions or assistance.
- Always keep your vehicle doors and windows locked.
- At stop lights and other traffic delays, leave enough space in front of
your vehicle so that you have an escape option in case of an emergency.
- Let someone know the route you intend to travel and your itinerary. This
will help authorities in locating you if there is a need to do so.
- Plan your trip carefully and allow for factors such as weather, fatigue,
facilities for lodging, food and fuel. Be sure you have sufficient finances,
either cash, travelers checks or credit cards.
- Ask the hotel or motel staff about their security measures so you know
what to expect.
- Use the hotel safe to store your valuables during your stay.
Staying alert to safety may make your vacation much more pleasant and
enjoyable. Being a victim of a crime is no fun. RELAX, have FUN, and be SAFE!