While You Were Out: Protect Your Home

While You Were Out: Protect Your Home

Grace Shu
Aug 27, 2007
I recall an unfortunate incident that happened to my friends last year: after returning from a well-deserved vacation, they came home to find their top-floor apartment burglarized (It appeared that the burglars had rigged the fire escape to great effect). And while they explained to me that even though it sucked to have some valuables missing (a laptop, a box of jewelry, a watch or two), what was more ickier to them was to know that someone(s) had pawed through their personal belongings. Luckily, they did have renter's insurance, and was able to collect cash to cover their missing goods. And so, while there are a few nifty things to do to thwart burglars from staking out your home (house alarms and house sitters tend to be the most effective), what are some of your tips to prevent burglaries while on vacation?
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