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How Can I Protect My Home?
You can protect your home from burglars while you are gone by using the following checklist:
Arrange with a trusted person to pick up your mail and newspapers so they don’t accumulate or notify your news carrier and the post office to hold these deliveries
Make arrangements to have the lawn mowed or snow shoveled while you are gone
Take valuables to your bank deposit box or other secure location
Deposit extra cash in your bank account
Make sure any broken windows, door locks, or window locks are repaired and that all sliding doors and windows are secured with a bar
Set timers to turn on lights, radio, or television periodically to give your home a lived-in look
Arrange with a trusted person to watch your home and give them a spare key
Let them know where and how you can be reached in case of an emergency
Write their telephone number down so you can check with them during your trip
Let them know of anyone who might have legitimate access to the house
Make certain that all windows and doors are closed and locked
Lock your garage door(s)
Check all doors and windows to ensure they are secured
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