Ready to start your vacation? While rushing out the door, the house you're leaving behind probably isn't the first thing on your mind. (And that's understandable.)

However, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure your home, and everything inside of it, will be safe while you're away.

Before you depart, take a few minutes to take on these tasks:

  1. Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your house. Whether they're looking in from across the street or driving by a few times a week, have someone you trust check up on your home.
  2. Hold your mail. A full mailbox and a pile of newspapers are two signs that no one's home—signs most criminals will look for first.
  3. Flip the switch (automatically). You may be tempted to leave a light on while you're gone, but as it turns out, it could actually be more suspicious. If a criminal is keeping tabs on your house, they'll notice if a light never turns off. Consider purchasing a light switch timer, then setting a programmed schedule.
  4. Store your valuables in the safe. If you're leaving any expensive items behind (think jewelry, cash or heirlooms), leave them in the safe—just in case.
  5. Take the spare key out of hiding. If no one's home, no one needs the spare key. To keep someone from finding it, keep it somewhere safe.
  6. Unplug anything unnecessary. Protect your home from power surges and electrical fires. Things like TVs, washers, dryers, toasters, coffee makers, etc. can all be unplugged, and unplugging can even save you money on your energy bill.
  7. Empty the fridge. Before you go, get rid of anything that could mold.
  8. Set the temp. In the winter, set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees. In the summer, set it to at least 85 degrees.
  9. Load your luggage in the garage. If you pack the car discreetly, fewer people will know you'll be departing.
  10. Lock all windows and doors. No entry should be easy. Before you hit the road, do a quick sweep of all windows and doors to make sure they're closed and locked.
  11. Secure sliding doors. Placing a metal or wooden rod in the door's track can keep intruders from forcing it open.
  12. Leave a car in the driveway. Set the scene. Create the illusion that someone's home, even when they're not. (Just remember to remove the garage door opener.)
  13. Don't share your travel plans on social media. The more details you share on social media, the more likely someone could break in while you're away.



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