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Vacation Checklist for Home Security

For many people, summer means vacation time. Unfortunately, that also means an increased risk of theft. Here are some tips to help keep your home safe while you’re away.

  • Lock your doors and windows. This may seem like common sense, but approximately 30% of all break-ins are made through an unlocked window or door.

  • Put your lights on a timer to create the illusion of someone being home.

  • Arrange to have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail and to keep an eye on your home.

  • Mow your lawn before you leave, and arrange to have it maintained while you’re away.

  • Make sure to unplug televisions, computers and appliances susceptible to lightning and power surges.

  • Never leave your house key hidden outside your home.

  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight.

  • Avoid posts on social media that could alert criminals that you’re out of town

If you do suffer a break-in, be sure to contact your home or renter’s insurance provider right away. Standard home and renter’s policies typically include coverage for your possessions. It will be helpful to have a home inventory with photos and receipts to speed up the claims process.

With the proper precautions, you can enjoy your vacation with peace of mind and return to a secure home. To learn more about home and renter’s insurance, contact The Reis Group today.