It is hard to believe, but spring break will soon be upon us. Many of us have already made plans to go out of town during this time for some needed rest and relaxation. Sometimes we are so consumed with the excitement of leaving that we don’t think about protecting our home and valuables when we are away. A dark, empty house can be an invitation for trouble. By taking the time to do some simple steps, you can protect your favorite things from thieves while you are away.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do to protect your home and valuables is to not advertise that you are leaving. We live in a digital age where our lives are broadcast for the entire world to see on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Just because you have "friended" someone does not mean that they really have your best interests in mind. All it takes is to post to Facebook that you are leaving for vacation to let the world know that your home will sit unattended. Simply put, don’t announce to everyone you are not going to be home. As hard as it is, resist the urge to tweet about your awesome vacation plans or post Instagram pictures of your real-time fun.
Another simple step to avoid a burglar’s prowl is to ask a neighbor, family member, or good friend to pick up your mail. Nothing screams “I am not home” more than an overflowing mail and paper box. If you plan to be out of town for extended periods of time, it is suggested to have your post office hold your mail delivery until you return. Also, suspend any type of package deliveries during this time.
Investing in a few timers can be another great way to fool would-be robbers into thinking that you are home. Timers are inexpensive, easy to use, and can be hooked up to lights and TVs. You simply program a time for the device to come on and a time for it to go off. A completely dark home is an open invitation for someone lurking in the shadows to break in. By installing timers it appears that someone is home with the lights and TV on.
Lastly, take the time to make sure that all exterior doors and windows are locked and tightly latched. As simple as this sounds, it is very common for someone to leave on vacation and unknowingly have left a door or window unlocked. And, don’t necessarily engage in “out of the ordinary” things like shutting every blind and curtain in the house if you don’t normally do that. Someone who is watching your property will realize this is unusual behavior and want to investigate further.
Vacation should be a fun time! Don’t let misfortune strike when you are gone. Take the time to protect your favorite things while you are away by following the above simple suggestions. And, don’t forget to consult with your Pekin Insurance® Agent to make sure that in the event of a break in you are protected so there are no surprises.
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