*Discontinue milk, newspaper, and other deliveries by phone or in person ahead of time. Do not leave notes.
*Arrange for lawn care and have someone remove advertising circulars and other debris regularly. On the other hand, several toys scattered about will create an impression of occupancy.
*Notify the post office to forward your mail or have a trustworthy person pick it up daily. Apartment house tenants should also heed this hint since stuffed mail receptacles are a give-away when no one is home.
*Inform neighbors of your absence so they can be extra alert for suspicious persons. Leave a key with them so your place may be periodically inspected. Ask them to vary the positions of your shades and blinds.
*When you leave, do not publicize your plans on Social Media. Some burglars specialize in using Social Media to know of other people's vacation activities.
*If you find a door or window has been forced or broken while you were away, Do not enter. The criminal may still be inside. Use your cell phone or a neighbor's phone immediately to summon police.
*Do not touch anything or clean up if a crime has occurred. Preserve the scene until police inspect for evidence.
1. Lock before you leave.
2. Trust a neighbor with a key.
3. Be a concerned neighbor - yourself.
From the Colorado Springs Police Department