Vacation Tips

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Vacation time is supposed to be a fun time for the entire family. The last thing you want is to return home and find your house has been burglarized. A few simple steps can help keep your home safe while you are away.

  • Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your residence while you are away. Leave them a key in order to check your house regularly. Give them your itinerary of your trip so they can reach you in an emergency. Ask if they may be willing to park one of their cars in your driveway, change curtain positions as if you were home (versus leaving them closed) and water periodically—all of which communicates that someone is home.

  • Stop mail and paper deliveries unless you have made arrangements to have them picked up daily by someone else. Any accumulation is a sure sign that the resident is away.

  • Set the volume on your telephone down so that the telephone may not be heard ringing unanswered from outside.

  • Disconnect your electric garage door opener and manually lock the garage door. Vehicles in your garage should also be locked and the keys stored in a safe and discrete location.

  • Connect your indoor and outdoor lights to an automatic timer in order to give the appearance that someone is home. You may also consider a timer on your radio or television if your pattern is to listen or watch at a specific time of day.

  • If you mow and rake your lawn on a regular schedule, it would be beneficial to have someone continue this while you are away. Ask that trusted neighbor to use your trash can or put one of their own in front of your house.

  • These tips are basic but important. Remember, the objective is to secure your home and leave your home looking as though you have never left. The more your home appears to be occupied while you are on vacation, the less likely you are to become a burglary victim.

If you have any further questions please call the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at (760) 836-1600.