Going away? Not everyone needs to know! Following are some suggestions for your vacation getaways:
Replace broken screens, latches, and windowpanes.
Secure gates and sheds.
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, etc.
Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated lights outside.
Leave window treatments slightly open on upper floors.
Don’t announce your absence on social media.
Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars.
Put valuables in safe deposit box.
Inform your local police that you'll be away.
Stop your mail through the post office.
Consider a Ring doorbell and light timers, or an app to control lights.