10 Home Security Tips for Vacationers

Tis' the season for bathing suits, beaches, and summertime road trips with family and friends. But did you know that while you are planning to take advantage of some much needed time away, burglars are doing a little planning of their own?

An empty house and a lack of preparation to properly secure your residence can make your home an easy target for thieves who recognize the clues of an absentee homeowner.

Before you hit the road, sail the seas, or rack up your sky miles, the Lee County Sheriff's Office encourages you to add this home security checklist to your pre-vacation "things-to-do":

1). Ask the post office to hold your mail. You can sign up for the USPS Hold Mail Service by visiting https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail.

2). Request a temporary stop of your newspaper. Nothing screams no one is home as do papers piled in your driveway or front porch.

3). Place timers on lights and televisions to make it look like someone is home.

4). Stay away from posting your absence online. Make an agreement with family members not to post vacation plans and locations on social media.

5). Let them know before you go. Let a friend, neighbor or relative know when you are leaving and when to expect you back.

6). Lock it up. Make sure all doors and windows are locked and properly secured.

7). Safe and sound. Put away valuable jewelry, cash or anything that is easy for a burglar to quickly grab and stuff in their clothes.

8). Virtual eyes. Consider installing security cameras near vulnerable entrances to your home. There are many reasonably priced, easy to use systems on the market.

9). Remember to set your home alarm before leaving.

10). Register online at www.sheriffleefl.org to request increased police patrols in your area while you are away. Our V.O.I.C.E. volunteers will periodically check your home for up to two weeks.

For more information about this safety and security tip, or to report a fraud or scam, contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office Fraud Line at 258-3292.