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How to Secure Your Home While You’re on Vacation

Courtesy of: Howcast

Most break-ins are preventable with simple burglar-proofing techniques. Make sure they’re in place before you head for your holiday.

Step 1: Think like a burglar

How to Secure Your Home While You're on Vacation

Think like a burglar: Walk around the outside of your home, looking for ways you could break in. A burglar’s main criterion when choosing a home is that they can get in quickly without being seen. See if any expensive items are visible through a window. Secure your home by plugging up any security holes you find.

Step 2: Shine a light on crime

How to Secure Your Home While You're on Vacation

Install lights near entry points and put them on a timer, or consider installing motion-sensitive ones. A burglar won’t feel secure in a spotlight.

Step 3: Don’t announce your absence

How to Secure Your Home While You're on Vacation

Don’t announce your absence. Suspend newspaper and mail delivery; don’t talk about your vacation on social-networking sites; put lights, TVs, and radios on variable timers; arrange for someone to shovel if it snows or mow the lawn if you’ll be on vacation more than two weeks; ask a neighbor to put a garbage can at your curb on trash days.

Tip

Pull the car into the garage or around the back of your home to load it up with luggage.

Step 4: Burglar-proof your garage

How to Secure Your Home While You're on Vacation

If you have an automatic garage door opener, lock your garage manually from the inside and disengage the electronic device before you go on vacation; it will prevent burglars from using a decoder to open the door.

Tip

Lock the door between your house and your garage; it’s a favorite entry point of burglars.

Step 5: Lock your shed

How to Secure Your Home While You're on Vacation

If you have a garden shed, lock it up. Burglars like to borrow ladders and tools to break into houses.

Step 6: Padlock valuables

How to Secure Your Home While You're on Vacation

Lock up valuables in a home safe that can be bolted to the floor, or in a safe deposit box. Include any documents that could lead to identity theft. Now go enjoy your vacation, secure in the knowledge that you’ve done everything possible to prevent a break-in.

Did You Know?

Americans burglary victims lose an average of $2,079.