Going Away for a While or on Vacation?
Here's What To Do First:
Campers and Recreation Vehicles:
- Don't leave a note anywhere
announcing your absence and when you will return. Don't have
any publicity on your trip.
- Cancel all deliveries of
newspapers, milk, mail (or arrange with someone to pick up
these things every day) to prevent accumulation of such
items-it is a dead giveaway that no one is home.
- Install an automatic timer to
turn on the bathroom light and another light in the house
every evening while you are away.
- Do not pull the curtains or
drapes while you are away-leave the windows the way they
always are when you are there.
- Make sure all windows and
doors and other possible points of entry are nailed, screwed
- Ask a neighbor to watch the
place and perhaps check it daily while you are gone.
- Notify the police you are
leaving and when you are returning; ask them to check the
house (or apartment) for you. They do this as a courtesy and
will leave you a note advising you of each time they stopped
by in your absence. Be sure to tell them when you have
- Make sure you do not leave
tools, ladders, wash, etc., outside the house or garage.
- Turn the telephone bell or
chime down before you leave . . . an unanswered telephone
alerts someone that no one is home.
- Make sure you have arranged to
have the grass mowed or snow shoveled while gone . . . this
too is a giveaway that no one is home.
- Do not leave your keys or any
form of identification in your car if you have parked it
anywhere while away (including if you parked it at an
airport parking lot); this is a great place for burglars to
learn who isn't in town.
- Carry very little cash with
you when traveling; rely on traveler's checks and selected
- Bring only those valuables
with you that you will need on the trip; use hotel safes to
store them if staying at a hotel.
- Make sure your insurance
adequately covers theft.
- Use a traveler's lock for
hotel or motel doors.
- Always keep passports with you
when traveling abroad.
- Consider an alarm for your car
and install an auxiliary turn lock.
- Be careful of anyone flagging
you down on the highway and of hitchhikers.
- Pick up your luggage quickly
at airports; pieces not picked up right away are easy marks
- Keep luggage and other
valuables in the trunk; when stopped at restaurants and
other public places, such items inside the car are tempting
- Keep valuables stored out of
sight in compartments and keep the curtains closed when your
recreation vehicle is parked.
- Do not keep your recreation
vehicle packed and ready to go when it is at your home, even
if it is for overnight.
- Get the best door and window
locks possible for the vehicle.
- Do not stroll off the campsite
leaving gear and equipment (or an unlocked vehicle).
- Permanently install a small
security chest or safe inside the recreation vehicle.
- Chain your recreation vehicle
to a tree when possible; also use a "deadball"
- Paint a name on your vehicle
in large letters and for added security, paint a large
identification number or letter combination on the roof.
- Always carry your vehicle
registration and any other identifying data with you (not in
- Avoid parking along isolated
roads . . . other recreation vehicles offer added security
in most places.
- If building a new home, add on
a garage that houses the recreation vehicle to provide added
security against theft or vandalism.
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For more information, contact the Office of
State Senator Vincent J. Fumo.
|1208 Tasker Street|
Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Philadelphia, PA 19134
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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
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