* Make sure the doors and windows at your home are all locked up tight when you leave.
* Don’t leave lights on 24 hours a day. Put automatic timers on several lights and a radio. Set them so they will turn on and off at random times in different rooms—especially the bathroom.
* Have newspaper and mail delivery stopped while you are gone or have a friend pick them up.
* Leave information on where you can be contacted in an emergency with a trusted neighbor; ask them to watch your home and to park in the driveway occasionally.
* Don’t publicize or talk about vacations ahead of time. Burglars are always listening.
* Notify the Sheriff’s Office of your plans and ask for a a premises check. Deputies can drive by and check on your house when they are in the neighborhood.
* Arrange to have the lawn maintained.
* Give your house a lived in appearance. A residence that presents a lived in appearance is a deterrent to burglars.
* Have a neighbor occasionally use your garbage cans.
* Leave drapes in a normal position to maintain a lived in appearance.