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Protect Your Home While You're Away

No home security system is 100% accurate. Home safety expert and former police officer Bob Stuber says that one of the easiest ways to protect your home is to make it look as though you never left.

Be careful about who you tell that you're going to be leaving town. It's especially important to not talk to strangers about your trip.

Don't call and have your newspaper or your mail stopped, because you don't know who's going to get that information.

Don't let uncollected newspapers and mail pile up. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to pick them up for you.

Put lights outside your home on a motion detector. A burglar can only assume somebody saw him and is calling the police. That increases your safety factor by 50%.

Alarm company employees have sensitive information about you and your family. Make sure the company you use screens their employees and does a thorough background investigation.

If you have an alarm, make sure it is on when you leave.