The next time you're out of town for an extended period, help your home maintain its "lived in" look and reduce the threat of home intruders by following these steps:

  • Stop mail and newspaper delivery or have a neighbor collect them for you. Have a friend or neighbor pick up circulars or other fliers delivered to your home.
  • Have your lawn mowed or sidewalk and driveway shoveled.
  • Don't indicate you're away from home on your answering machine.
  • Install a timer on your indoor and outdoor lights corresponding with your normal schedule. Consider putting your TV or radio on a timer as well.
  • Keep your blinds open in their usual position.
  • Tell trusted neighbors you'll be away and ask them to keep an eye on your home - then return the favor the next time they're away.