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Planning a vacation? Invest some time to review your home's security and to make improvements that will keep it from being vulnerable to break-ins. Before you leave on a vacation, walk around the perimeter of your home and objectively evaluate its vulnerability. Try to look at it the way a burglar would and make changes well before you leave town.


Turn Up the Lights

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  • Put bright lights over porches and walkways in the front and back.

Lock It Up

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  • All doors to the outside should have working locks.
  • Garage and shed doors need working locks too.
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  • All windows should have working locks.
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  • Keep all doors to the outside, sliding doors, and windows locked.

Be Able to Get Out

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  • Make sure everyone can open all locks from inside your home.
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  • Don't have deadbolt locks that lock with an inside key. You need to get out fast if a fire starts. A missing key could trap you inside.
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  • Replace inside-key locks with deadbolt locks that have a “thumb turn” instead of an indoor key.
  • Make sure everyone in your family can reach the “thumb turn” latch.
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  • Have window locks that open from inside. Do not nail windows shut. Make sure they open easily.
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  • If you have security bars on doors and windows, have a “quick-release” latch. This makes it easy to get outside in an emergency.
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use the latch.

Don't Help Intruders

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  • Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed under windows so burglars can't hide.
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  • Keep ladders stored in a locked shed or garage so they can't be used to climb into your home.
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  • Keep shades or curtains closed over garage and shed windows.
  • Keep shades or curtains closed over your home windows after dark.
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  • Don't leave toys, tools and equipment in the yard.

When You're Gone a Few Days

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  • Make your home look like someone is there.
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  • Do yard work before you leave.
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  • Have a family member or friend bring in your mail and newspaper while you are gone.
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