Always set your alarm
ben-bryant/Shutterstock Your alarm only works if it’s on. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it? (Your phone is an easy gateway for criminals to access your personal information, too. Here’s how to keep your phone and private information safe.)
Close your blinds
I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
Don’t give updates on social media
sergey-causelove/Shutterstock Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page (and stay away from these posts, too, while you’re at it). It’s easier than you think to look up your address.