For many homeowners, the holidays mean traveling to see friends and family. Although Vermont is ranked the #2 safest state in the nation (according to CQ Press's Annual Crime Rating: http://www.walletpop.com/insurance/safest-states), homeowners should still take exta precautions when leaving their homes unattended for a number of days. To ensure your family returns home to the same house you left behind, please take a look at these suggested precautions (courtesy of the Burlington Police Department):
*Lock all doors and windows: use deadbolts
*Store all valuables and personal belongings out of sight, securely inside your residence
*Draw all first floor shades and window treatments to prevent thieves from "window shopping"
*Utilize timed lights and/or motion lights to deter thieves
*Notify trusted neighbors of your travel plans
*Arrange to have mail and other deliveries to your home stopped or picked up
Of couse, may your travels be safe as well, and have a very happy holiday!
-Jamie Wright, REALTOR