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Home safety tips for holiday vacations

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

While people are shopping for Christmas gifts this holiday season, thieves might be shopping to see which house will be the best to break in to.

Tucson News Now is offering tips on how to prep a home before heading off for a holiday vacation.

Experts say the best case scenario if residents are going to be gone for several days is to have a friend or neighbor house sit. 

But if that is not possible here are a few tips from a local insurance agent who deals with burglary claims:

Lock the windows, seems like a simple step, but one that many overlook.

Have a neighbor remove unread newspapers, and do not forget about the mail, have someone pick up the mail on a daily basis; if that is not possible have the mail stopped. 

Lastly have a neighbor park their car in the driveway.

"You don't want to have a car parked and left there that doesn't move," stated Keith Duncan, an All State Agent and Security Expert. "Ask one of your neighbors – would you mind putting your car in my driveway – and that way it comes in and comes out, looking like the house is still lived in."

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