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  • Don't Leave Home Without...

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Austin, Crime & Safety in Austin, Home Ownership in Austin  |  June 20, 2014 9:31 AM  |  135 views  |  No comments

    alarmyourselfPlanning a summer trip is usually focused on what you’ll do, see and experience.  Enjoy it even more by spending a little time before you leave to make sure your home is safe while you're gone.

    Consider these suggestions along with your other normal efforts:

    • Tell your neighbors you’ll be out of town and to be aware of any unusual activity.
    • Notify your alarm company .
    • Discontinue your postal delivery.
    • Use timers on interior lights to make it appear you’re home as usual.
    • Don’t make it easy for burglars by leaving messages on voice mail or posting on social networks.
    • Post on social networks about your vacation after you’ve returned.
    • Remove the hidden spare keys and give one to a trusted neighbor or friend.
    • Lock everything, double-check and set the alarm.
    • Take pictures of your belongings in case you need them.
    • Disconnect TVs and other equipment in case of unexpected power surges.
    • Adjust your thermostat.
    • Arrange for lawn care.
    • Consider disconnecting the garage door opener.
    • Put irreplaceable valuables in a safety deposit box.

     It’s nice to go out of town on a well-deserved trip and it’s always nice to get back home…especially when it is just the way you left it.

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