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Crime Prevention Newsletter

Posted on: July 3, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Before You Leave

Preventing crime during family travel starts with protecting your home while you're away. Make it look as if you never left by doing such things as:

  • Activate your home alarm (if you have one).
  • Have your grass mowed while you're gone.
  • Keep shades and blinds in their normal positions
  • Lock all of your doors and windows.
  • Never leave lights on 24 hours a day.
  • Put timers on several household lights so they turn on and off at appropriate times.
  • Stop the mail and newspaper or ask a neighbor to pick them up every day.
  • You might even leave a radio on - or put it on a timer. Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway overnight ­anything that might suggest someone is home.

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