When leaving for vacation, take steps to secure your home while you are away.

  • Remove the thumbturn from your Captive Thumbturn Deadbolt so that a thief can't break a window and unlock a door to get in your home.
  • Don't be overly communicative about your vacation schedule or even your day-to-day schedule.
  • Don't tell people you aren't home on the outgoing message of your answering machine.
  • Put timers on indoor lights, televisions and radios; specifically, look for timers with random patterns that suggest movement and activity in the house.
  • Ask police to check your street often
  • Secure locks on doors and windows, including garage and pet doors.
  • Use new, quality, long-lasting light bulbs
  • Don't close all shades and curtains; it will be too obvious that you are away
  • Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick up your mail and check the inside and outside of your house every day.