Vacation Security Checklist .
February and Spring Vacations are fast approaching. Make sure you take the appropriate precautions before taking that much anticipated getaway.
l Replace broken screens, latches, and windowpanes.
l Secure gates and sheds.
l Trim shrubbery.
l Don’t hide house keys outside.
l Give a neighbor a spare key. Ask them to get mail and newspapers, put trash cans in front of your house on trash day, mow and rake the lawn, and/or park in the driveway.
l Turn off iron, ice-maker, electronics, and phone ringer.
l Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated lights outside.
l Leave draperies open slightly on upper floors.
l Don’t announce your absence with answering machine messages or notes on the door.
l Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars.
l Put valuables in safe-deposit box.
l Inform your local police that you'll be away. Some local Police Dept. have on-line forms that can be filled out ahead of time.