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Strive to make your home look as lived-in as possible while you're away.
Don't broadcast your plans, but do let your neighbors know.
Give a spare key to a trusted neighbor and give them an emergency telephone number to reach you.
Arrange to have your mail and newspapers either stopped or picked up daily.
Have someone mow your yard or rake the leaves so your house looks lived in.
Use automatic timers to turn on a radio and lights at different intervals to hide the fact that you are not home.
Turn down the ringer on the telephone. An unanswered telephone is a dead give-away. Don't announce your absence on your answering machine message.
Leave your blinds like you normally would if you were home. Only close them all the way if that is what you would normally do.
Be sure to close and lock the garage as well as any storage sheds, gates, etc.
If possible, videotape the contents of your home. Be sure to keep the video and the list of valuables in a safety deposit box.
Ask your neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway. If you are leaving a vehicle parked outside, have the neighbor move it periodically so it looks as though you are home.
Be sure someone knows your itinerary and your estimated time of arrival and return.