Safeguard Your Home Checklist

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 trusted 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 park in your driveway once in awhile.
  • 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.