Rushing out the door to begin enjoying a vacation can cause people to overlook several easy ways to ensure their homes will be protected. Taking the necessary precautions to protect your home while you’re away will save you those nagging worries so you can thoroughly enjoy your trip!

Ask a Friend to Help ~ Give this person a key so that he or she can bring your mail in, feed your cat, water your plants, mow your lawn, etc. He or she should also have your contact information and a copy of your itinerary in case of emergencies. Ask them to put your trash containers out for pick-up and put them back again when they’re empty and to park their car in your driveway occasionally to give your home a more lived-in look.

Don’t tip off Criminals ~ by posting  the details of your vacation for the whole world to see. Refrain from discussing your trip on social networking sites. It’s like setting up a sign letting criminals know your house is ripe for the picking!

Pull the Plug ~ Unplug your television, computer, toaster oven and other appliances to protect them from power surges. Unplug the power to your automatic garage door to keep thieves from opening it with a universal remote.

Remove Your Spare Key ~ If a criminal figures out you’re away on vacation, it’s likely that he or she will check your porch for a spare key.

Examine Your House from the Street ~ Make sure no valuables, like expensive electronics or artwork, are visible from the street. If a passerby can see your belongings, so can criminals. Use timers on lights, radios and televisions. Leave your curtains exactly as you usually keep them when you’re home. The more normal your home looks, the better.

DON’T Leave a Portable GPS in your Car ~ when you use long-term parking at the airport. It’ll alert thieves that you’re not home and give them a convenient map to your house.

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