• Have good locks on all doors and windows and double check them before you leave.
• Ask a neighbor to watch your home while you are gone. Leave as much information
about your vacation with them as possible, including emergency contact information
in case something happens.
• Arrange for a neighbor or family member to gather your mail and newspaper deliveries.
• Plug in timers to turn lights on and off to simulate that the house is being used.
• Create the illusion that someone is home. For example, attach a television or
radio to a timer to occasionally turn on and off.
• Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway if you will be taking your vehicle with
you. If you leave your car at home, park it as you normally would.
• Arrange for someone to mow your lawn and maintain the yard should you be gone
for a long period of time. During winter, make arrangements to have your snow
While On Your Trip
• Trust your instincts and speak up if you think or feel something is dangerous.
• Confirm your reservations before leaving home.
• Keep a record of all traveler's check numbers and your credit card numbers in
a safe place. Have a record of all of the numbers to your credit card companies
in case they become lost or stolen.
• Don't carry large amounts of cash. If you must carry large sums, do not display
it openly to others.
• Be aware of your surroundings and don't advertise your travel plans to strangers.
• Do not carry your airplane tickets or passport in open view. Secure these important
documents in a safe place.
Females - If you carry these in a purse, place your purse across your body rather
than just over your shoulder.
Males - Carry these documents in a safe container or in the front pocket of
your pants instead of the back pocket.
Vacation is a time for relaxation and fun. It can also open the window of opportunity
for a predator in your area if the appropriate measures are overlooked. While you
are on vacation, be sure to take the proper protective actions to ensure the safety
of your home while you are away.
Opportunists prey on our enthusiasm and excitement about leaving our home for an
extended period, as we are often so wrapped up in making plans for fun we neglect
to secure our home and take precautions so we don’t leave subtle clues we are away.