Are you traveling over the holidays? Remember, you can call the Community Relations / Crime Prevention Division at (847) 289-2530 and advise them of your address and the dates you will be gone, so that your beat officers are aware and can provide extra surveillance. Also, follow the tips listed below.
Make sure your home is protected while you are not there. The best plan is to try to make it look like you never left; keep things looking lived in.
Tell your trusted neighbors your plans to be away, so they can keep a special eye out for suspicious activity. Make sure someone knows how to get in contact with you, if needed.
If possible, have someone go inside to check on your home, bringing in deliveries, turning on and off exterior lights, etc.
Don’t leave a key hidden outside; burglars tend to be able to find “emergency” keys.
Keep shades and blinds in their normal positions.
Stop mail and newspapers, or ask a neighbor to pick them up each day.
Put several household lights on timers so they turn on and off at appropriate times; consider putting a TV or radio on timers.
Arrange to have your driveway / sidewalks shoveled while you are gone. Have your garbage cans put out as usual and brought back in.
Lock all your doors and windows, including garage.
Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or to make tracks in the snow in your driveway.
Don’t publicize your vacation plans; consider loading your luggage into your vehicle inside the garage so people don’t see your departure. Also: don't post your vacation plans on Facebook or other social networks. Post your pictures when you get back.