During the summer months, many families choose to travel to the beach, the mountains, or other destinations for vacation. However, in most cases, this means you will be leaving your home unattended and vulnerable to criminals who may break in. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent your home from becoming a burglary target.
Keeping the House Safe
To reduce the risk of a break-in while you are away, follow these tips.
1. Make your home look lived-in.
When burglars are looking for their next target, they are more likely to choose a home that is obviously empty. Burglars will know that your home is empty if your mail and newspapers are piling up, your grass isn’t mowed, and your lights are never on. You can deal with this problem by asking a friend or neighbor to check on your home and collect your mail regularly, hiring someone to cut the grass and investing in a timer for your lights.
2. Think like a burglar.
If a burglar breaks into your home, he or she will be looking for valuable items to steal. Most people already know that certain items, such as jewelry and electronics, are a common choice. However, burglars may also look for personal identification documents, such as your passport, as well as controlled substance. Lock these items up if possible.
3. Keep your vacation a secret.
While you are on vacation, you may want to post pictures on social media for your friends and family. However, posting about your trip lets everyone know you are out of your house. Instead, keep your trip a secret until you have returned home and then post your pictures.
4. Secure your property.
Before you leave the house, make sure all of your doors and windows are locked. It is also a good idea to invest in a security system that will alert the authorities immediately in the event of a break-in.
5. Update your insurance.
Every homeowner should invest in an adequate insurance policy to protect their property and belongings. Most homeowners insurance policies cover break-ins. However, it is still a good idea to become familiar with your coverage before you leave. You should also make sure your insurance agent has an updated list of the most valuable items covered under your policy.
What to do after a break-in
Even when you have taken steps to prevent burglary, a break-in may still occur. If you have been victimized, call the police immediately. Next, call your insurance agent and report the break-in so you can begin the process of filing a claim. Be sure to keep careful records of everything missing, as well as any damage to your home. Follow all of your insurance agent’s instructions carefully to prevent any delays in the claims process.