If you have travel plans during this upcoming holiday period – be sure to let your neighbors know when you are leaving, the date you will be back home, your cell phone number, and where you are going. If you live on a well-organized VaHi street, you will already have the e-mail contacts for your neighbors and this will be an easy task. This is just a common-sense practice in the world we live in now. Also remember to stop your mail delivery by going to http://www.usps.com , and put a hold on any newspaper deliveries. Nothing says “come and steal” more than an overflowing mailbox and papers on your front walk.
Also – go by Intown Hardware, City Storage or Urban Body Fitness to sign up for their free safe delivery address service for FedEx and UPS packages. Now is also the time to let your out-of-town friends and relatives know that you have a different address as they are sending you holiday gift packages. Save yourself the sickening feeling of finding an empty box addressed to you from Aunt Bertha along the street.