Summer is finally here and the kids are out of school, which means it’s time to start planning your summer vacation. Are you keeping in mind the proper security your home will need while you’re away? It’s important that you take some time to consider what you would do in case of a burglary and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you. Whether you are going away for a few days or a few weeks, here are steps to safeguard your home.
- Stay off of social media. Announcing that you are going away on vacation or currently on vacation could end up being a big mistake. This allows everyone to know what your travel plans are and that your home may be unoccupied. If you are someone who can’t resist the excitement, then make sure to turn off your location status on any public forum.
- Become close with your neighbors. Let your next door neighbors know that you will be away and ask them to keep a watch on your home. Have them grab your newspaper and mail because a pile of it outside your home is a sure sign of absence, or stop the deliveries completely for the duration of your trip.
- Use your locks. Criminals are very good at spotting a hidden spare key. If you must leave a spare key somewhere, then ask your neighbor if you could leave it with them. We recommend getting a quality deadbolt lock, which is the first attempt of stopping an intruder.
- Make it look like someone’s home. A house that looks lived in is less likely to become a target. You can do this by setting timers on lights and noise producing appliances like TVs to give the presence that someone is still around.
- Hide your outdoor valuables. Make sure to place all of your visible and easily accessible belongings, like grills and lawn equipment, into a locked shed.
- And lastly, your car. If you are leaving your car parked in your driveway, make sure you don’t leave the garage door opener inside. This is how many garages get broken into. You can also park your car in the garage to safeguard it from both the elements and theft.
Have a great summer vacation and talk to your Yetter Insurance Agent about the ways to keep your home safeguarded and properly insured. We’ll help make sure you get the best help possible. Contact Yetter Insurance today at our Milford office at 570-296-8329 or visit www.yetterins.com.