Take these home safety precautions before leaving on your vacation.
Are you taking a vacation this summer? If so, then the last thing you want is for your relaxing getaway to be interrupted by the news of a home break-in. This is why it’s so important to take home security steps before leaving on your trip. While having the right homeowners insurance, is one way to protect your home, there are other precautions that you can take as well. Here are some of the things that you should do to protect your home while you’re away on vacation.
- Program Your Lights on a Timer
Setting your home’s lights on a timer is a great way to make it seem like your home is occupied, even while you are gone. When your lights turn on in the evening and off again at bedtime, criminals that may be casing your home will assume that someone is present. As occupied homes are far less likely to be broken into than uninhabited ones, burglars will move on and find a new target.
- Arrange for Mail Pick-Up
If you allow your mail to pile up in your mailbox, then this will indicate that no one is home. This could make your home a target for burglary while you are away. To ensure that criminals aren’t tipped off by an overflowing mailbox, ask a neighbor, friend, or family member to collect your mail for you until your return from vacation. If you will be gone for a more extended period of time, then you can also request your local post office to hold your mail for you until you return.
- Lock All Windows and Doors
While this seems obvious, many homeowners forget to check their windows and doors before leaving on a trip. To ensure that you are not offering criminals an easy point of entry, make sure that all of your home’s windows and doors are closed and locked. Additionally, make sure you secure other points of entry like garage and doggy doors.
- Install a Home Security System
Installing a home security system is a great way to keep your home safe while you’re away. Not only will home security systems sound an alarm and alert local law enforcement in the event of a break-in, but some systems can also alert emergency services if a fire or gas leak occurs in your home. So, investing in a monitored home security system is a great way to protect your home from a variety of risks while you’re away.
These are some of the things that you should do to protect your home while you’re on vacation. Remember, having the right homeowners insurance, is another great way to protect your home. For assistance with all your home coverage needs, contact the experts to at CIA Insurance and Risk Management today.
Post written by Sam Crudo, Chief Executive Officer
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