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Vacation Safety Tips

Vacation Safety Tips

Depending on your current circumstance, you may have the opportunity go on vacation for a couple of weeks to refresh yourself. It’s generally considered to be a time where you can get away from a lot of the stress that you're dealing with, which is always welcome. Unfortunately, it is also a time when robbers and other criminals tend to try to take advantage of the fact that people are not at home. If you are planning on taking a long trip, there are a few things that you should probably consider before you leave. Here are a couple of the most common things criminals look for.

1. Open Doors and Windows
. One of the biggest issues that we see with robberies is that there was easy access into the property or home. It is important to remember to lock up your apartment regardless of how long you plan on being gone, but especially if it is for more than just a few hours. Even windows that seem like they would be too high to get in through can be used by someone who is determined to get in. Ladders and other similar equipment can be used with surprising ease and speed by someone who does this a lot. Be certain that if you are planning on leaving for a while, keep everything locked.

2. Think About Your Mail. Depending on how long your trip is going to be, you may want to have your mail temporarily stopped. One of the biggest flags to a criminal that no one is home is an overflowing mailbox or a large number of newspapers outside. If you are planning on being gone for more than three days, you can submit a form to your local post office either online or in the building which lets them know that you want your mail to be held until a specific date when you get back. If you don’t want to bother with the paperwork for the post office, you can always ask a trusted neighbor or friend to bring it inside instead.

These are only a couple of the things you should think about before leaving on vacation, but it’s a good start. Make sure you keep everything safe so you can have a good time!

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