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November 18, 2011 > Are you planning to travel over the holidays?

Are you planning to travel over the holidays?

Submitted By Fremont Police Department

An empty house is a tempting target for a burglar so make sure you do your best to have your home look occupied while you are away. Here is a list of tips to help you:

The goal before you leave your home is to make it appear that someone is home!

Notify your trusted neighbors that you are going to be out of town and give them your contact number.

Do NOT broadcast your vacation plans over your neighborhood listserv, Twitter or Facebook (you never know who is reading the information).

Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to check on your home each day. Or, even ask your trusted friend to house sit for you.

Ask them to remove your mail and newspaper, turn on/off lights and put your garbage cans out (again, making it appear that business is as usual at your home).

Leave a car in your driveway, or ask a neighbor to park one of their cars in your driveway.

Make sure that you have installed good locks on the doors and windows and be sure to lock up before you leave.

Engrave your valuables with your phone number and place Operation Identification stickers (obtained through the Neighborhood Watch Program) on your entry door and front window.

Never leave a house key hidden outside of your home. If it is hidden in a pot, under the mat, beneath a rock or in a fake rock someone else may find it and enter your home while you are away.

Stop all deliveries and arrange for someone to pick up your mail, newspapers, and packages.

Arrange for someone to mow your lawn and maintain the yard while you are away. This keeps your home looking lived in.

Place your inside lights and a radio on timers so that they go on and off, periodically in the evening hours.

Hide your garbage cans out of sight. If your garbage cans are empty when everyone else's are full, it is a sign that you are not at home. Ask a neighbor to pull them in/out on garbage day.

Turn the ringer on your telephone down low or off so that people outside of your home will not hear the phone ringing go unanswered.

Be sure to close and lock the garage door too. When possible have a friend or family member park a car in your driveway occasionally so that it looks like someone is still at home.

Leave your blinds and drapes in their normal position on second floor windows (closed on ground level so no one can look inside and view an empty home).

Call 790-6740 to request Fremont Police Volunteers to drive by your home while you are on vacation. They will look for anything suspicious and report it immediately. If newspapers or other ads pile up on your driveway or on your doorstep while you are away, the volunteers will move them out of sight. For Thanksgiving week, all requests must be made by Friday, November 18th at 5:00 pm.

Remember, when you return home if it looks like someone has entered your home - Don't go inside! Instead use a cell phone, go to a neighbor's house or other safe location to contact the police. Let the police check the home before you go inside.

Fremont Police Department Emergency 9-1-1
Fremont Police Dept Non-Emergency # 510-790-6800, option 3

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