Insurance and Finance

Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

By Lisa Martin 7.28.14

Unlike law-abiding citizens, burglars don’t typically take summer vacations. In fact, FBI crime reports point to July and August as the top months for residential break-ins throughout the country. According to the nonprofit Insurance Information Institute, the average claim associated with a home break-in exceeds $2,500.

Home safety before vacation tips:

  • Light it up. Mount exterior lights out of reach of would-be thieves and put indoor lights on a timer.
  • Invest in a burglar alarm. One that rings an outside service, which then alerts the police. Ask your Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Agent if your alarm system qualifies you for a discount on your homeowners insurance.
  • Turn off your computer. Password-protect your PC if you store personal information on your hard drive.
  • Hide your valuables. Stash fine jewelry, watches, and important documents in a fireproof safe or move them to a safety deposit box.
  • Share your travel plans with a trusted neighbor. Ask your neighbor to pick up packages or flyers left on your door or stoop and keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
  • Have the post office hold your mail. Visit https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/. Stop your newspaper too.
  • If you hide a key outdoors, bring it inside while you’re traveling.

 

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