Vacation Security Checklist

Real Estate

Vacation Security Checklist

l Replace broken screens, latches, and windowpanes.

l Secure gates and sheds.

l Trim shrubbery.

l Don’t hide house keys outside.

l Give a neighbor a spare key. Ask them to get mail and newspapers, put trash cans in front of your house on trash day, mow and rake the lawn, and/or park in the driveway.

l Turn off iron, ice-maker, electronics, and phone ringer.

l Leave automatic sprinklers on, put timers on lamps, and install motion-activated lights outside.

l Leave draperies open slightly on upper floors.

l Don’t announce your absence with answering machine messages or notes on the door.

l Remove garage door openers and house keys from cars.

l Put valuables in safe-deposit box.

l Inform your local police that you'll be away.