City of Carlsbad Police Department's Senior Volunteer Patrol coordinates vacation security consultations. Please call them at 760-931-2214 at least two weeks prior to leaving on vacation, to schedule a consultation.
An empty house offers a target for an opportunist burglar. It is important to safeguard your home while on vacation:
Protect valuables by engraving them with a California drivers license number. Record serial numbers and store them in a secure place
Conduct a last minute check of all doors and windows, ensuring they are properly secured
Place valuable jewelry in a safe deposit box or store it in an unusual location inside the home
Make sure no valuables can be seen through windows
Do not hide keys outside a home. Instead, leave keys with a trusted neighbor. Tell them vacation plans, leaving a number where to be reached in an emergency
Stop mail and newspaper delivery
Do not tell strangers about vacation plans
Turn down phone and answering machine so they cannot be heard
Turn off garage door opener and pad lock garage door from the inside
Put interior and exterior lights on timers to simulate activity. Put a radio on a timer to simulate noise
Consider having a trusted person housesit
Lock vehicles left behind. Remove valuables from them. Park them in the garage if available
For more tips to keep your home safe, visit the Home Security page.