- Strive to make your home look as lived-in as possible while you're
- Don't broadcast your plans but do let your neighbors and local law
- Give a spare key to your neighbors and give them an emergency telephone
number to reach you.
- Arrange to have your mail and newpaper either stopped or picked up
- Have someone mow your yard or rake the leaves so your house looks lived-in.
- Use automatic timers to turn on a radio and lights at different intervals
to hide the fact you aren't home.
- Turn down the ringer on the telephone. An unanswered telephone is a
- Be sure you don't announce your absence on your answering machine message.
- Leave your blinds like you normally would if you were home. Only close
them all the way if that is what you would normally do.
- Be sure to close and lock the garage as well as any storage sheds,
- Engrave all your valuables with your driver's license number. If possible
videotape the contents of your home. Be sure to keep the video and the
list of valuables in a safety deposit box.
- Ask your neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway. If you are
leaving a vehicle parked outside, have a neighbor move it periodically
so it looks as though you are home.
- Be sure someone knows your itinerary and your estimated time of arrival