Magazine article Work & Family Life

Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While You're Away

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While You're Away

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Most home burglaries are what the police refer to as "opportunity crimes." In other words, the wrong person noticed an open window or telltale sign that the occupants were away. Experts in home insurance and law enforcement offer tips for keeping your house or apartment safe and secure while you're away. Here are some you may not have thought of.

TELL AS FEW PEOPLE as possible how long you will be gone-and don't put that information on your answering machine either. Turn the volume on your phone down or off, so passersby won't hear a lot of unanswered ringing.

DON'T EXPECT NEIGHBORS to collect your mail and newspapers every day. Stop deliveries while you're away. But do ask a neighbor to just keep an eye on your front door. Takeout food menus or promotional flyers can be a big giveaway. …

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