Bloomington, IL,
13:01 PM

Before You Go

Make it look like you never left home. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in 2015 a burglary happened every 20 seconds. We know thieves look for easy targets. Don’t be one of them.

  • Leave some lights on or put them on timers, making it appear someone is home.
  • Lock windows and doors, and activate your alarm system if you have one.
  • Stop mail and newspaper deliveries. If they pile up, it’s a sign you may be away.
  • Get the grass cut. Uncut grass can be another tell-tale sign you and your family may be away.
  • Ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on things while you’re gone.
  • Give social media a vacation. It’s best not to share your ‘hammock’ location with virtual friends and foes.

Get your wheels ready to roll.

  • Check tire pressure and tread. You can find out what it should be on the tire itself or the door jamb of the car.
  • Replace worn windshield wipers.
  • Have a professional check the A/C in your vehicle and inspect the brakes.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle. Temperatures can increase up to 19 degrees in a matter of just ten minutes, and it’s simply not safe.
  • Pack a road ready emergency kit.


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