Going on a road trip?
Don't advertise to burglars -- take these steps, instead
- If you don't want it stolen, take it with you -- consider taking computers, game stations, bikes and other valuables with you.
- Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to check on the house once or twice a day. This can help ensure no unusual activity is taking place.
- Leave a low-electricity light in in the living room to give the impression that the home is inhabited.
- Make sure all doors, front and back, and windows are locked. This includes deadbolts and security systems if there is one in the home.
- Request that your mail be temporarily held until your return so thieves cannot get ahold of personal information. Most local post offices are able to do this if arrangements are made ahead of time.
- Post your pics after you're back home -- Do not openly advertise on social media that you are away from your home.
- See if a friend or neighbor would be willing to park a car in front of your home. This would help deter potential offenders and give an impression that someone is currently in the home.
- Instead of using a kennel for dogs, arrange a pet sitter to stop by and check on your animal. If someone attempts to knock on the door or enter the home, the sound of a dog barking can often deter an offender from striking.
- Make sure all blinds and curtains are closed. This can keep potential burglars from window shopping.