Quiet, please. Don’t broadcast your vacation agenda. While it’s tempting to post your upcoming plans on Twitter or Facebook, don’t! It’s just not worth the risk. Tell a trusted friend or neighbor, but not the whole neighborhood.
Invest in a timer. A simple timer hooked up to lights, television and radios will give the appearance that someone is home while you are away on vacation. Adjust the timer’s settings to reflect your normal routine.
Motion devotion. Outdoor lights with motion detectors are also a strong deterrent to would-be prowlers.
Mail trail. It may seem obvious, but many people don’t ask the post office to hold their mail until they return from vacation. Overflowing mailboxes are a sure tip-off that no one is home. Ask the post office to hold your mail or have a neighbor pick it up regularly. The same goes for newspapers if you have a subscription.
Keep a record. If you have not recorded a summary of your belongings, it’s a good idea to do so before leaving on vacation. Consider a video diary taken with a camcorder or your smart phone, or download a home inventory form — most insurance companies have these posted on their websites. Fill it out and keep it in a safety deposit box.
Notify your alarm company. If you have a home security company, let them know about your travel plans. Be sure they have a number to reach you.