Home Security Tips for Summer Vacationers: As Summer Traveling Reaches its Peak, Americans Look for Ways to Secure Their Homes

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More than 40 percent of Americans will leave home this summer and treat themselves to a vacation, according to a recent AP-Gfk poll. But an empty home makes an easy target for would-be burglars. Here are some important tips to make sure your home stays secure during your summer getaway.

More than 40 percent of Americans will leave home this summer and treat themselves to a vacation, according to a recent AP-Gfk poll. But an empty home makes an easy target for would-be burglars. Security Choice offers the following tips to make sure your home stays secure during your summer getaway.

1. Make your home looked lived in - Experts say one of the biggest mistakes people make is leaving only one light on inside the home. The company suggests putting timers on lights throughout the house that will regularly turn on and off. The goal is to make the home look 'lived in' and few people live in their home using just one light.

2. Notify the right people - Turn on your home alarm system and let your home security company know you will be gone. If you don't have a home security system, let the local police know you're leaving so they can add your home to their 'watch' list.

3. Don't advertise valuables - Keep blinds and curtains closed while on vacation - especially in rooms where valuable items like flat screen TVs, video games and artwork are on display.

4. Stop the mail - Protect your home's security by temporarily canceling the mail and newspaper delivery. Piled up newspapers in a driveway are another red flag that no one is around.

5. Remember the small things - Remove "hidden keys" from around the house and turn down your telephone's ringer. For more home security tips, visit http://www.securitychoice.com.

*The Associated Press-GfK Poll on summer travel was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media, April 16-20, 2009.

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