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Be on guard against burglars this holiday season

Follow our tips to help you be prepared and protected this winter

Dec. 8, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Millions of  homes are burglarized each year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). The agency’s latest data shows there were more than two million, (2,103,787) burglaries reported in 2012.

During those occurrences, victims lost an estimated $4.7 billion in property. In advance of the holiday season, COUNTRY Financial wants homeowners and renters to realize how much of a threat home burglary can be this month and how simple it can be to prevent.

Common safety practices you might consider:

  • Lock doors and windows
  • Leave lights on a timer
  • Have neighbors or friends pick up your mail

“When spirits and distractions are high over the holidays, some might overlook simple ways they can protect their homes,” said Eric Vanasdale, senior loss control representative for COUNTRY Financial. “After having a fun celebration with family and friends, the last thing you want to come home to is burglarized house. Do what you can in advance to make sure your home appears to be occupied and off limits to burglars.”

When leaving for a trip over the holidays, residents should be careful when packing the car. If their vehicle is not left in a locked garage, a car full of
luggage can be an easy target. Before heading out, look in your windows from the outside to see what valuables you might have in view. Then store those items or move them out of view. Also close curtains and blinds whenever possible.

Like our suggestions? Find more tips here to prepare and protect your home for the holidays. Meantime, follow us on Twitter @helloCOUNTRY.