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As you prepare to leave on the lavish and exotic/or quick and cheap trip you have booked, invest some time in making sure your homecoming is happy: alert the police when you will be gone so they can keep an eye on your house during their rounds...put lights on a timer to give the illusion of someone being home...ask a neighbor to park their car in your driveway for the same reason...arrange for newspapers and mail to be suspended or collected in your absence. If you don't have an alarm system consider getting one- it should lower your insurance rates as well as protect your family and your belongings whether you're home or not.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|