Keeping Your Home Safe While on Vacation

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This guy is helping himself to a snack at the kangaroo habitat at Southwick’s – don’t let someone help themselves to your stuff while you’re away

Before you go away on vacation make sure to do everything you can to keep your home safe from crime and fire hazards.  Below you will find a variety of topics and tips on how you can keep your home safe while you are on vacation.

Let the police know you will be away

The Upton Police can conduct checks of your property while you are away. Property Watch request forms can be obtained from the Police Department or downloaded from their website at: http://uptonma.gov/Pages/UptonMA_Police/propertyrequest.pdf. Return completed forms to the Police Department.

Remember to Lock all Doors and Windows

You should always make sure to lock and secure all doors and windows. In addition to making sure you are locked up be sure to check that frames are firmly attached and window unit air conditioners are removed. Don’t keep a spare key hidden under the doormat or above the door frame, you don’t want to allow a thief easy access to your home.  If you have an attached garage, lock the door between the garage and the rest of your home.

Home Security

Make it look like someone is home. One of the main reasons that a thief may attempt to break into your home is because it looks like no one is home. Leaving a couple of lights on, having someone mow your lawn, and putting lights on a timer can keep a burglar at bay. Be sure to stop newspaper deliveries and have someone pick up your mail or have your mail delivery held. Be sure to hide your valuables and leave expensive electronic equipment out of site from window peepers.

Prevent a fire from starting while you’re not home…Secure Appliances and Utilities

Before leaving your home for a few days or weeks, make sure to unplug. Unplugging tvs, computers, appliances, and other items can keep costs down when away as well as prevent potential fires. This will also protect your expensive equipment from power surges if lightning should strike nearby. Turn off or unplug your garage door opener.

Don’t Advertise on Social Media that you are not home

Tell a few trusted neighbors, friends, and family members that you will be out town. Be careful with who you tell online. Posting your vacation plans on Facebook or other social media networks could result in an untrustworthy acquaintance taking advantage of the fact that your home will be unoccupied for an extended period of time. Think twice before posting your favorite vaca photos while you are away. You are safer waiting until you return home.

 

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