Keep your home and belongings safe from intruders while you are away. There are simple measures you can take to protect your family and your home.
If you are just going out briefy (to dinner or to run errands):
- A residence which presents a “lived-in” appearance is a deterrent to burglars. Never leave notes that can inform a burglar that your house is unoccupied.
- Make certain all windows and doors are secured before departing. An empty garage advertises your absence. Close the doors.
- When going out at night, leave one or more interior lights on and perhaps have a radio playing (TV sets should not be left unattended). Timers may be purchased that will turn lights on and off during your absence.
- Do not leave door keys under flower pots or doormats, inside an unlocked mailbox, over the doorway, or in other obvious places.
If you are going on vacation or other prolonged absence:
- Discontinue newspaper and other deliveries by phone or in person ahead of time. Do not leave notes on your door stating you are not home!
- If possible, keep a vehicle parked in your driveway or regular parking spot.
- Have you home appear occupied; use timers on lights, tv or radios to automatically power electronics according to normal daily use.
- Have a trusted neighbor, relative or friend pick up mail and newspapers; remove all flyers, doorknob hangers and advertisements that have been placed at your door or mailbox.
- Consider having someone mow your yard and water your outdoor plants.
- Leave a contact number with a trusted neighbor where you can be reached. Leave a key with them so your residence may be inspected periodically.
- Keep all doors and windows locked.
- Don't post vacation plans on social networking sites; share photos after you return home.
- Do not announce your vacation plans on voicemail, personal email, etc.
For more crime safety information, contact the Fairfax County Police Department Public Information Department, 703-246-2253, TTY 711, or your local police station.