Don't make your home an easy target for criminals. Take these precautions before you leave for vacation:
If you return from vacation and discover that your home has been broken into, don't enter the home. Instead, go to a neighbor's house and call the police: 911 for an emergency or (503) 588-5032 for a non-emergency.
Make sure your neighbor knows how to reach you in an emergency, and how to set or reset the alarm system. They should also know your itinerary, such as where you will be staying and your expected date of return.
NOTE: Arrange for someone to pick up mail, newspapers, unsolicited ads, etc. If that is not possible, arrange for your newspapers and mail to be held until you return.