One of the best things you can do to keep your home secure while you’re on vacation is to make the house look lived in.  An empty house is like an open invitation to burglars.

  • Stop the newspaper and mail – or ask a trusted neighbor to pick them up
  • Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway occasionally so there’s activity at your house
  • Put at least one light in your house on a timer
  • Install a motion-activated sensor on an outdoor floodlight.
  • Make sure your lawn stays trimmed

Other precautions will make your home safer and could save you money:

  • Unplug small appliances and electronic devices
  • Put the water heater in “vacation” mode
  • Turn off water valves to the dishwasher, washing machine and all sinks
  • Set your thermostat to a temperature closer to outside temps
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly
  • Leave your emergency contact information with a neighbor