Protect your home and belongings when you’re not there.
- Tell only those people who need to know that you are going away.
- Have a trusted person house-sit for you, or hire a reliable house-sitting service.
- Cancel home deliveries of milk and newspapers and do not leave notes for others.
- Have the post office hold or forward your mail and ask a neighbour to collect junk mail.
- Arrange for someone to perform lawn and garden maintenance so your home will look lived in.
- Have a neighbour arrange drapes and blinds occasionally.
- Purchase timers for radios, TVs and exterior and interior lights.
- Turn down the telephone ringer; an unanswered phone usually indicates an empty house.
- Do not leave a message on your machine telling callers you are away.
- Ask your neighbours to inform the police immediately if they notice anything unusual or suspicious around your home. They should record the licence plates of questionable vehicles.
- Have a record of the serial numbers of missing items. Anything without a serial number should be marked with your driverʼs licence number. This increases your chances of having missing property returned to you.
Before you leave:
- Lock all tools, barbecues and ladders out of sight
- Set and test all timing devices
- Lock and check all doors and windows
- Disconnect the garage door opener
If a break-in has occurred during your absence:
- Do not enter the house in case the intruder is still there. Use a neighbourʼs phone to call the police immediately!
- Do not touch anything. Wait for the police to arrive.