by Keller Williams Realty International
1. Let your trustworthy neighbor know you are going to be away and ask them to help you with your trash collection and removing any packages or solicitor materials left at your door.
2. Automatic light timers with battery backup (in case of power failure) can create the simulation of someone being at home. Setting at various times throughout the house can create the illusion of movement and activity in different areas of your home.
3. Turn home phone ringers down, and if you utilize a voice message machine, silence it.
4. Stop delivery of newspapers and mail.
5. If you are gone for a long period of time, maintain any landscaping care (lawn, snow removal) to give the illusion that you are home.
6. If you have a garage, keep your vehicle parked in it. If you keep your vehicle in the driveway, make sure there are no spare keys or garage door openers left inside.
7. Be proactive! Record a video of each room to document proof of your belongings should you need to make an insurance claim.
8. Check with your local police station to see if they employ and neighborhood patrol, or a “vacant house list.” Criminals will be leery to enter a home if they know it’s being watched, especially by authorities.
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