1. Do not announce your vacation plans on social media. If you are planning to go on an extended trip, don’t announce it on social media. If you do, you are letting potential thieves known that you are not home and that they can rob your house.
2. Ask a trusted neighbor to look after your home. If you are planning an extended trip, let your trusted neighbor know that you are gone. That way, they can keep an eye on your house.
3. Put a hold on your mail service while you are away or have someone pick it up for you. Your extended trip gives thieves the perfect opportunity to steal your mail. Moreover, a full mailbox is a dead give away that no one is home.
4. Do not leave your trash cans outside your door. A trash can on the curb while all the other trash cans in the neighborhood are put away is one of the many signs that tells a thief you are not home.
5. Buy a dog or pretend to have a dog. Most thieves are afraid of dogs. If thieves see that there are dogs guarding your home, they will think twice before breaking into your home. If you do not have a dog, pretend that you do by putting a “Beware of Dogs” sign in front of your gate or home.
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