Remembering to pack all your necessities before you leave for your week-long trip is important, but making sure your home is safe while you're away is crucial for stress-free traveling.


Many anticipate the summer because it's the best time to plan an exciting trip somewhere new. However, it is important to ensure that your home is not vulnerable to break-ins or unwanted visitors.

During the summer, the Lakewood Citizen Safety Watch (LCSW) is bombarded with phone calls by concerned neighbors reporting suspicious activity on the property of a neighbor who is away. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent a situation like this from happening.

Start by simply contacting your trusted neighbors and family friends before you leave. Give them a number they can reach you by in case they suspect there is a problem and you can prevent further worrying.

The LCSW also recommends leaving your house with a lived in appearance while you are away:

  • Set your lights on a timer during certain points of the day, but don't leave them glaring all week.
  • Position your blinds so that some light can go through, just not completely shuttered for an unhabited look.
  • If you have more than one car, it's important to keep one in the driveway. If not, it's a good idea to ask a neighbor to keep one of their cars in your driveway.
  • If you keep a spare key on your porch or under a rock near your home, remove it before going away. If a criminal notices you're away, he will look for the key.
  • Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and collect your mail so there isn't a buildup on the doorstep or in the mailbox, which is an indication that you're away.

The LCSW suggests taking other safety precautions around the house before you go:

  • Don't leave any mobile belongings outdoors, such as bikes or strollers, as these items could potentially be stolen.
  • Don't let any hired help or contractors know you'll be leaving. You do not know who could try to break into your home while you're away.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances to conserve electricity and reduce the risk of an electrical fire.
  • Double check all windows and doors before you leave to make sure they're locked.

By following these important safety measurements, you can enjoy your vacation worry-free.

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