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How to Keep Your House Safe When on Vacation

Here are some tips from the Novi Police Department to keep your house safe during the holiday season.

The holiday season is a popular time for residents to take a vacation. Here are some tips from the Novi Police Department on how to keep your home safe when you're out of town:

  • Valuable items, such as televisions, stereos and computers, should be inscribed with an identifying number unique to its owner (do not use your entire social security number).
  • Create an up-to-date home inventory including make, model, serial numbers, other detailed descriptions, and photographs of items of value (including jewelry). This inventory should be kept somewhere safe, out of the house.
  • At least two light timers should be set to turn the lights and TV on and off in a logical sequence when away for an extended time period to give the appearance that someone is home.
  • The motion detector or other alarm system (if you have one) should be activated when you leave home.
  • Mail and newspaper deliveries should be stopped or arrangements for a neighbor/friend to pick them up should be made when you are away from home for a period of time.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to tend the yard, shovel the snow, and watch your home when you are away or have a trusted friend or relative house sit in your absence.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked when you leave, even if you have an alarm system.

The Novi Police Department wishes everyone a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season. For more information about the Novi Police Department, visit cityofnovi.org.

—The above information was provided in a press release.

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