Very few things advertise an absent homeowner like piled up mail and newspapers. Criminals don’t even need to slow down their vehicle to spot an overflowing mailbox or newspapers piled up on a porch.
To avoid this, contact your local post office or newspaper and suspend service while you are away. Because these services sometimes miss a day or take a little bit of time to cease delivery, it’s also a good idea to ask a friend or neighbor to swing by and collect any mail or newspapers that accumulate while you’re away.
Having someone showing a little activity around the front of the home will make it look occupied as well.