RMM - Dec-20 - Jennifer Reiner

Making sure your mailbox isn’t overflowing is actually an important step in deterring criminals. A week of mail bursting out of a mailbox is a sign that no one’s home. Ask your neighbor to grab any packages from your front porch and to make daily stops at your mailbox. You can also request that the post office hold your mail for up to 30 days, then pick it up when you return. You can make your request up to 30 days in advance or as early as the next scheduled delivery day. It’s also not a bad idea to leave your neighbor with a spare key or let them know your garage code in case they would need to check on your home for any reason.

4. Keep travel plans off of social media, voicemail, and anywhere else. It’s tempting to post all about your upcoming travel plans or even post photos from your trip in real time. But letting people know you’re about to go on a trip is also a signal to potential thieves that your home will be empty. A good rule of thumb is to wait until you’ve returned home to share what you’ve been up to, and if you do post other content while you’re away, make sure your location isn’t tagged in the posts.

5. Double-check and lock everything. This might be obvious, but in the hustle and bustle of packing for vacation and trying to get out the door (remember the McCallisters?), you can forget to double check your locks and security system. Check every door, window, and any other possible entries into your home. Make a checklist of things you need to secure before you leave, and go through it before you depart. Lock away expensive jewelry and firearms, close curtains and blinds, set smart timers on your lights if you have them

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