An empty house is a tempting target for a
burglar. Use this checklist of tips to help safeguard your home
while you're away.
Have good locks on all doors and windows and use
Ask a trusted neighbour to watch the house while you're away.
Its a good idea to leave your vacation address and phone number
with them so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
Never leave your house keys hidden outside your home.
Stop all deliveries, or arrange for a neighbour to pick up your
mail, newspapers and packages.
Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, rake leaves and maintain
the yard to give the home a lived-in look.
Plug in timers to turn lights and a radio or television on and
off at appropriate times. This helps to disguise the fact that you
Turn the bell or ringer on your phone down low. If a burglar is
around, he won't be alerted to your absence by a ringing
Don't announce your absence on answering machine messages.
Leave your blinds, shades, and curtains in a normal position.
Ask a neighbour to occasionally park their car at your home as you
normally would. Vehicles parked outside should be moved
occasionally to appear that they are being used.
Secure storage sheds and gates.
If you are driving, make sure your vehicle has been properly
serviced and is in suitable condition for the journey.
Try to have specific directions and routes to your
Keep your vehicle doors and windows locked.
At stop lights and other traffic delays, leave enough space in
front of your vehicle so that you have an escape option in case of
Let someone know the route you intend to travel and your
itinerary. This will help authorities in locating you if there is a
need to do so.
Plan your trip carefully and allow for factors such as weather,
fatigue, facilities for lodging, food and fuel.
Be sure you have sufficient finances either cash, travelers
cheques, or credit cards.
Use the hotel safe to store your valuables during your