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If You’re Traveling Away From Home

* 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.

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