Going On Vacation

  • According to the FBI, more burglaries occur in July and August than in any other months. So, before you take your family on that long awaited family vacation, make sure your home is secured by a GE home security system. The last thing you want to deal with when you come home is replacing valuable possessions and filing paperwork with the police department. Protect your home now.
  • Never leave an answering machine message indicating you're not at home. Instead, just say you "can't come to the phone."
  • Don't let mail, newspapers or flyers accumulate while you're away, tipping off criminals. Have the post office hold mail, have newspapers suspended, and have a neighbor or friend clear away flyers.
  • When vacationing, leave a car in your driveway or arrange for a neighbor to keep a car there and move it around from time to time.
  • Use a timer for your lights, TV, and radio while you are gone
  • Put your newspaper and mail delivery on hold
  • Have a neighbor keep an eye on your house, shovel snow, mow the yard
  • Leave an extra car parked in your driveway
  • Never tell people you are on vacation on your voicemail
  • Forward your home phone to your cell

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