Keep your home safe and secure while on vacation

A message from the Federation of Calgary Communities

Going on a summer vacation? Before you leave for your vacation, make sure your home is as safe and secure as possible. Check out these tips to help reduce your risk.

  • Double-check your insurance policy to find out if and when you require someone to check in on your home.
  • Give a trusted neighbour or friend a key and trip details and ask them to check in on your home.
  • Don’t advertise that you are going away.
  • Create a lived-in appearance. Be sure the lawn is cared for while you are away, and stop any newspapers or have flyers collected from your door or yard. Set lights and a TV’s on timers so your home is not dark during evening hours.
  • Encourage a trusted neighbour to park their car in your driveway while you are gone.
  • Ensure that your door and window locking devices are working and are locked when you leave.
  • Disable your garage door while you are gone. Most have a switch that can be turned off. You can also put a padlock or similar device through the door tracks to ensure it cannot be opened.
  • Put away or secure all lawn furniture or tools (i.e. ladders) so they can’t be used to assist a burglar in gaining access to the upper story windows of your home.

For more resources, check out the Federation of Calgary Communities website at