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Going on Vacation? Keep Your Home Safe While You Are Away

It’s summer, a time to go on vacation to unwind and relax. But amid the anticipation and excitement, take a few precautions to safeguard your home while you’re away. Vacation is fun; you don’t want to mar your experience with worries about the safety of your property. Implement the tips below and enjoy a well-deserved getaway!

Install timers for lights

Burglars are always on the lookout for opportunities to break into an empty home. One way to deter them is to give them the impression that you are at home. You can do this by setting timers to turn on and off lights at specific intervals, simulating activity and deterring burglars.

Utilize smart home security

A smart home security system includes doorbell cameras, garage door controls, motion sensors, and alarms. You can monitor your home from anywhere you are and see who’s on your property. Motion-activated lights and alarms can also be triggered and scare off would-be intruders.

Secure doors and windows

Make sure all your doors and windows are securely locked before you leave. Consider reinforcing sliding doors or using window locks to deter potential intruders.

Pause deliveries and mails

Mails and newspapers piling up on your doorstep indicate your absence, making your home attractive to burglars. Prevent this by requesting a temporary hold on your mail delivery. Also, pause deliveries and subscriptions or have a neighbor pick them up.

Notify a trusted neighbor

Inform a trusted neighbor that you will be away and have them keep an eye on your property. Also, provide your vacation address and telephone number where they can reach you in case of emergency.

Maintain the outdoor areas

An untidy yard shows that your home is occupied, presenting an opportunity for intruders. Have a friend, family member, neighbor, or local service maintain your lawn or outdoor areas while you're away.

Be cautious on social media

Avoid broadcasting your travel plans or posting vacation pictures on social media while you are away. Even if only friends and colleagues view your profiles on Instagram, Facebook, and other platforms, broadcasting your absence can make your home a target for burglars.

Secure your valuables

Never leave valuable items such as jewelry and small electronics in plain sight for burglars. If you haven’t, keep your valuables locked in a safe or a safety deposit box. Doing this protects your most valuable possessions.

Purchase and update homeowners insurance coverage

Finally, consider purchasing or updating your homeowners insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage for your property and belongings. While we hope that no incident occurs during your vacation, nothing is certain.

With homeowners insurance, you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is protected no matter what happens while you are away. Request a quote today.



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