Vacation Security Checklist
| Replace broken screens, latches, and windowpanes.
| Secure gates and sheds.
| Trim shrubbery.
| Don’t hide house keys outside.
| 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.
| Turn off iron, ice-maker, electronics, and phone ringer.
| Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated lights outside.
| Leave draperies open slightly on upper floors.
| Don’t announce your absence with answering machine messages or notes on the door.
| Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars.
| Put valuables in safe-deposit box.
| Inform your local police that you'll be away.