Protecting Your Home while You Are Away

When you're away from home for a while, you’ll be leaving your home and treasured belongings behind and unattended. What can you do to make sure your home stays safe while you're away? See the list below.

  • Newspapers: Call your newscarrier to discontinue deliveries.
  • Mail: Notify the post office of your absence and have them hold your mail.
  • Yard maintenance: Arrange for your yard to be maintained, especially your front yard.
  • Police: Notify the local police department about your departure and return dates. Also give them a name and number to contact in case of emergency.
  • Neighbor/relative: Have a neighbor or relative keep an eye on your house and give them a number where they can reach you in case of emergency.
  • Electrical: Unplug electrical appliances like toasters, television sets, stereos and clock radios to prevent possible damage from electrical storms.
  • Windows and doors: Close and lock all windows and sliding doors. Use window locks or bars for extra security.
  • Lights: Set timers on a few lamps to make the house looks occupied.
  • Water: Turn the water off to avoid leaks or damage.
  • Shades: Leave some shades open so the home doesn't look vacant and for police or neighbors to be able to look inside.
  • Alarm: Turn on your home alarm system.