VACATION SECURITY CHECKLIST
Thieves look for “TARGETS of OPPORTUNITY”. There are many things you can do to avoid becoming a victim when you are going to be away. Mainly, try to give the illusion you are home.
- Call the police department and ask if it’s possible to have house placed on “Keep-a-Check” list.
- Have Deadbolt Locks installed on all exterior doors (Single-cylinder on solid doors / walls, Double-cylinder when near a window)
- Keep an inventory list and photos of all serial numbered items, Mark them with engraver, CopDots, or other device to help get them back.
- Double-check ALL windows and doors (basements, bathrooms, kitchens)
- Leave a car in the driveway
- Use timers for Exterior AND Interior lights, TVs, stereos, etc.
- Tell a trusted neighbor about plans, leave emergency contacts and a key. Ask them to check the house and call Police if they see people around.
- Limit how many people you tell of your plans. Word may spread.
- Cancel newspapers, have mail held, or at least ask the neighbor to bring them in for you. If leaving for a week, have them put the trash can out. It is an obvious marker that you are gone.
Upon returning, walk around the house once to look for any signs of a break-in. You don’t want to walk into a crime-in-progress. If you see something open or broken, go next door and CALL POLICE.