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Vacation safety tips to keep your home safe

By Brad Perry Mar 5, 2024 | 6:32 AM

Mounties have some tips to keep your home safe if you are planning a winter escape.

Before leaving on your getaway, make sure all doors and windows are locked.

Do not forget to include your garage door, shed, and basement windows.

Police said you should avoid leaving spare keys hidden under a mat or a rock.

“Burglars know about this trick and a key gives them easy access,” Mounties said in a news release.

If you have any cash, jewellery or other valuables in your home, leave them in a safety deposit box while you are gone.

While you are away, arrange to have someone check on your home and pick up any packages that may be arriving.

It is also a good idea to arrange to have your driveway cleared of snow to make it look like someone is home.

For that same reason, set timers on lights inside and outside of your home and on electronics like a radio or television.

Never announce your vacation dates on social media and wait until you are back at home before posting any holiday pictures so criminals do not know your house is empty.