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Tuesday, November 20, 2012  RssIcon

During the holiday season, many people travel to spend time with relatives. Here are some best practices to protect your home when you are away.  Home
  • Close and lock all of your doors and windows whenever you are away from home. 
  • Don't announce vacation plans on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.
  • Don't post pictures to social media sites while you are away.
  • Stop mail and newspaper deliveries or ask a neighbor to pick them up.
  • Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and keep up basic maintenance, like picking up packages and shoveling snow.
  • Set up timers for interior and exterior lights.
  • Don't leave valuable items in plain site. Store sensitive, expensive and important property in a secure place.
  • Activate your alarm systems.

For more tips, review the Minneapolis Police Department's crime prevention resources Protecting Your Home While on Vacation and Home Security Habits Checklist.

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