Notify local police of the departure and return dates of your trip
and provide the name and telephone number of a neighbor or relative
to notify in the event of an emergency.
Place a “vacation hold” on newspaper subscriptions, mail delivery
and include the start and ending dates.
Ask a neighbor to pick up newspapers and mail if the “vacation hold”
was not followed. Ask them to remove throwaway papers and circulars
from the doorway and mailbox.
Put interior lights and a radio on a timer in
order to give the appearence that someone is home.
Have front exterior lights on photocells installed that activate in the
evening and shut off at daybreak.
Notify neighbors of your absence and encourage them to contact the
police regarding any suspicious activity at your home.
Arrange to have the grass cut and watered, leaves raked and the
sidewalk and driveway shoveled during the winter.
Remove all tools, lawn implements, garbage cans and yard furniture to the garage, basement or shed..
all non-essential electrical appliances such as computers, fans,
televisions, irons, washer and dryers to avoid damage from
Be sure the sump pump is functioning properly and free from debris
to avoid basement flooding
Set the home thermostat at a reasonable temperature. 85 degrees in
the summer and 50 degrees in the winter
Make sure all entry points into the home are
Close the fireplace flue to prevent birds and animals from entering.
If you have an alarm system, leave a current list of contacts with
the alarm company in case of system activations. False alarms may
Dissconnect the remote garage door opener
Be sure all vehicles left at home are locked and remove all
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