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Vacation House Watch & Crime Tips

For Your Home:

• Keep your doors and windows locked.
• Keep your yard neat and your landscaping trimmed.
• Leave your front light on at night or install motion sensor lights in front and backyards.
• Your front door should be solid core (not hollow) or consider purchasing a steel security screen door.
• Keep your garage door closed. Even when you are home.
• Thieves can steal your mail and commit identity theft crimes. Don't use a mailbox in front of your house to mail bills with checks in them.
• When you move, re-key the locks of your new home.
• Don't hide keys in obvious places such as under a mat or on top of a doorframe.
• Use your peephole before opening the door.
• Disable and lock your RV/Motor home so it can't be easily moved.
• Lock and secure bicycles when parked - even if in the garage.
• Any firearms should be stored in a locked cabinet out of sight. Remove a working part from the firearm and store the ammunition separately. Record serial numbers and keep in separate secure place.
• Photograph and record serial numbers of valuables such as: TVs, stereos, computers, video games or anything of value that can be easily removed.
• Lock up your lawn equipment such as lawnmowers, blowers, and trimmers in a secured area.

For Your Car:

• Keep the doors locked even when you are driving.
• Consider using a deterrent device such as the 'club', alarm, or starter interrupt switch.
• Don't leave the garage door opener on the visor or anywhere that it can be seen. Thieves will take your garage door opener so that they can commit an easy burglary as well.
• Never leave valuables, such as wallets, purses, computers, cell phones or jewelry in plain view secure them in your trunk.
• Valuables in the trunk can be at risk as well, place them in the trunk before arriving at your destination.
• Park your car in the garage then close the garage door.
• Park in a well lit area if you expect to return to your car after dark.
• Watch for suspicious acting people loitering or lurking in the area of parked vehicles.
• Call the Police immediately if property is stolen from your auto. Prepare a list of what was taken. The Police will advise you further.
• Register your vehicle in the free Watch Your Car Program