Vacation Tips

Vacations or times when a residence is unoccupied provide criminals with plenty of time to enter your home, remove large items and search leisurely for hidden valuables. If you are planning a vacation or your vacation home will be unoccupied, take precautions to protect your home while you are away. The key is to create an illusion of everyday activity. Following this checklist will make it appear that someone is home, which is your first defense against criminals.
Ask us to check your home and patrol your neighborhood more frequently while you are away.  We offer a wide range of services to provide for your security while you are away.


Stop mail and newspaper deliveries, or have our Patrol Service collect them while you are away so that they do not accumulate. We can also remove any advertising flyers that are deposited in your mailbox or around your door, driveway or lawn.

Secure all doors, windows, pet entrances and garage doors.

Transfer valuables to a safety deposit box.

Place timers on indoor lamps and appliances to illuminate your home at night, and set timers to turn on radios and televisions randomly during the day.
Check that no bulbs are burned out on your indoor lamps, outdoor lighting fixtures or low voltage lighting system.

Arrange to have your landscaping continue, or your driveways and walks shoveled.

Keep some shades and blinds up and curtains open to maintain a normal appearance.

Remove messages from your telephone answering machine daily so that the “beep” is always short. And don’t indicate on your message that you are on vacation.

Have a trusted friend (Lake Arrowhead Patrol & Security Services) check your home, inside and out, each day.