Personal Protection Tip: Consider Hiring A House-Sitter
If you are going to be away from your home for a while, you should consider employing the services of a house-sitter. The sitter could either be a professional whose track record and references you have vetted or a trusted relative or friend. An occupied residence is less likely to be targeted for a home invasion.
For maximum effect, the sitter should be entrusted with the following tasks, as applicable: snow removal, lawn maintenance, mail collection, flyer removal, taking trash cans to the curb, and etc.