Preparing for Vacation: Neighbors

Trusted neighbors are your first line of defense when you take a vacation.
When you are leaving town for an expended period of time, it’s always a good idea to ask a couple of your trusted neighbors to keep an eye on your house while you are away.
Be sure to tell them
• when you will be gone.
• how to contact you in case of an emergency.
• if you expect anyone to be at your house during your vacation.
• if you have any lights or appliances on timers to simulate occupancy.
You could also ask them to
• remove any flyers left on your door/mailbox. These help thieves identify empty homes.
• move your car occasionally so it looks like someone is home.
• park at your house if you are taking your car on your trip.
Notify Your Neighborhood Watch
Many local neighborhoods have member-supported security patrols that employ off-duty Atlanta police officers. The officers retain full policing powers so they are able to stop and question suspicious persons, ask for IDs, and check for prior arrests or outstanding warrants. These programs take a proactive approach to security by helping to prevent incidents from happening, and they also offer an extra eye on your home. Members are encouraged to notify patrol officers before going out of town, so that the patrol can pay special attention to your home while you are away.
Here are links to some local neighborhood patrol groups:
Inman Park
Morningside/Lenox Park
Virginia Highland
Don’t see your neighborhood? Search online to see if one exists.
Sample Email
Howdy neighbors,
I wanted to let you know that we will be out of town from the afternoon of Thursday, June 6 until the evening of Monday, June 10.
We have a friend checking in and staying a few nights while we are away. Her name is Melissa, and she drives a blue Toyota Prius with Fulton County plates DFJ 1217. She can be reached at 404-334-9674. We also expect our yard service, Gross Landscapes, to come on Wednesday.
Note that we have two lights on timers inside the house, as well as lights on timers in the front yard.
Please keep an eye on our place and call us at 404-258-3289 if you see anything suspicious.

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