You’re packed and ready to go. The cooler’s in the car and your emergency contacts have a copy of your itinerary. Yep, you’re vacation ready. But is your house?
Summer is a great time to get away and relax, but if you’re not careful it could be prime time for a burglar. Take steps to batten down the hatches and secure your house before you leave so you can really kick back, worry-free. Here are a few tips:
Don’t announce you’re not at home:
- Stop all newspaper and postal deliveries while you’re gone. Nothing says “we’re not home” like a week’s worth of The New York Times heaped at your front door.
Take security measures:
- If you’re leaving a car behind, park it outside against the garage door to block access and stow your garage door remotes out of sight.
Miscellaneous home prep:
- Toss any food that might go bad while you’re away and take out the (smelly) trash even if your garbage won’t be collected during your absence.
Now, go and have fun!