With this being the busiest travel weekend all year, many people are packing up the car or headed to the airport to celebrate with friends and family. But, don't leave your house vulnerable.

Many years ago when I was in college my mom and dad went to Florida on vacation, only to find that the house had been robbed. The police figured out that the thieves had broken into the attached garage, pulled the vehicle in and loaded up the stolen goods with nobody being able to see them.

Most of the tips in this article are pretty common sense, but they may have found a few that will be new to some. Here is a sample:

1.) Hire a House or Pet sitter: You can't beat someone actually staying in your home. If you can't find a freind or relative, you can hire somone from a reputable agency.

2.) Have someone check on your home both inside and out: You don't want flyers attached to your doorknob or packages by your door.

3.) Make your home looked lived in: Timers to turn lights on and off, and ask your neighbors to put trash in your garbage cans.

4.) Keep the landscaped Trimmed: or in our case this time of year, have someone lined up to shovel. That is a sure sign nobody is home when you have drifts coming up to your front door.