Before You Go on That Vacation....
I thought I was paranoid about protecting my home from disasters and thieves before leaving on vacation. But it's nice to know there are some people out there who may be significantly more schizophrenic on this topic.
A colleague sent me this primer (PDF) from the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies, which sports a checklist of at least 70 precautions to consider before you pack up the old familywagon for that road trip.
Some of the gems embedded in this tip list include:
If you have an alarm, dog, or a surveillance service then keep it discreet and leave the alarm or warning sign away. Professional thieves don't care about them and you take away the element of surprise (unless it's the bad for you kind of "Hey, surprise, we have a fake sign and no dog or alarm!" as they proceed to break in). Signs only inform a thief to be more cautious.
Don't get me wrong: There is some solid, sound advice in this document. It's just that if you're not up-to-speed on many of these precautions well before you leave, well...you may never leave.
Case, in point, I can just see it now: "Honey, did we remember to do #57?"
If you have a house-sitter or babysitter, remove all phones in your house except the corded, main one in the central house location usable only at a standing location. This way if you need to say something in private to your child on the phone, you can be sure the sitter is not likely listening on another line. Furthermore it will make it more likely the sitter will not have a comfortable location for chatting long periods on the phone.
July 24, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
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