Closing up the house for the holidays: a checklist - Article Photos 1/3

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2009 file photo, Bill Winterle carries his neighbor's newspaper to her doorstep while shoveling his driveway during a major winter storm in Havertown, Pa. The storm hit the Mid-Atlantic and East coast areas. Securing your home and making it look occupied while you are away, and making sure packages and newspapers aren’t sitting in your driveway day after day will help deter thieves. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)