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Safeguard your home during travel with this checklist

Safeguard your home with these tips from Travelers
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There’s still a month left in the summer vacation schedule, and popular travel holidays like Thanksgiving and the December holidays will find even more people on the road and in the air. Safeguarding your home from theft and damage while you’re away shouldn’t be a worry – Travelers offers this checklist of things to prepare for before you leave on your next trip.

· Make sure all electrical appliances are turned off.

· Clean the refrigerator of all perishable foods, and take out the garbage.

· Lock all windows and doors.

· Arrange to have the newspaper and mail held until your return, or have them picked up by a trusted neighbor.

· Arrange to have your lawn mowed while you are away. Ask a neighbor to set out your trash on collection day and then retrieve empty cans and recycling bins the same day.

· Never leave your house key hidden outside your home.

· Make sure to unplug televisions, computers and appliances susceptible to lightning and power surges.

· Store jewelry and valuable items in a safe-deposit box.

· Arrange for the care of pets.

· Leave blinds open in their usual position.

· Lower the sound of your telephone ringer and answering machine so they cannot be heard outside.

· Stop newspaper deliveries.

· Ask a friend to pick-up "throw-away" newspapers and circulars.

· Use automatic timers to turn lights on and off in various parts of the house at appropriate times. Consider connecting a radio to a timer.

· Tell your alarm company, local police and dependable neighbors when you plan to be away and join with your neighbors to keep a close watch on what's happening in your area. Working closely with them is a good way to prevent crime.

· It is a good idea to leave your vacation address and telephone number with a neighbor so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

Find more information on keeping your home safe during all seasons of the year at

Information in this piece provided by Travelers.

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