A sure way to let folks know you are away from home is to allow newspapers or mail to accumulate on your driveway or in your mailbox. Whether you are going away for just a day, or going on vacation for a week, it is a good practice to place a "hold" on your mail and newspaper delivery while you are gone. An even better option is to ask your neighbor, house or pet-sitter to remove door hanger advertisements, the paper, and your mail on a daily basis. Making your home looked "lived in" is a great crime prevention tool.
The postal service (USPS) offers online notification for mail "hold" requests. Check out their site HERE. Contact your individual newspaper provider for steps to temporarily stop service while you are away.
These are a few simple ideas to help you become less of a target to a thief. Remember to be proactive in crime prevention and if you See Something, Say Something!