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Crime Prevention Division


Crime Prevention Tips - Vacation Preparation

Preparing for Vacation

  • Strive to make your home look as lived-in as possible while you're  away.
  • Don't broadcast your plans, but do let your neighbors know that you'll be gone.
  • Give a spare key to your neighbors and give them an emergency  telephone number to reach you.
  • Arrange to have your mail and newspapers picked up daily (preferred)  or have delivery stopped while you're away.
  • Use automatic timers to turn on a radio, lights, etc., at different  intervals.
  • Turn down the ringer on your telephone. An unanswered telephone is a  dead giveaway.
  • Leave your blinds as you normally would if you were home.
  • Be sure to lock the garage as well as any storage sheds, gates, etc.  It's also a good idea to disconnect your garage door opener if you have one.
  • Ask your neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway and put out  your garbage cans if you have curbside pickup. A neighbor can throw in a bag of trash.
  • Be sure someone knows your itinerary and estimated time of return.
  • If you get lost while traveling, get directions from local law  enforcement, not complete strangers.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash. Use travelers' check and credit  cards.
  • Have a good time on your trip.