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Hit the road for a worry-free vacation

Protect your home while you’re away

June 30, 2016

Your bags are packed and you’re ready to go, but before you head out, make sure your house is ready too. COUNTRY Financial® wants you to be aware of what you can do in advance to guard your home so you won’t have to worry when your family is away traveling.

“July is a peak travel time for vacationers and burglars know it,” said Eric Vanasdale, senior loss control representative of COUNTRY Financial. “In fact, some reports say the highest percentage of burglaries happen in summer months. That’s why when planning your next vacation, you may consider doing your best to protect your home before you head out.”

Here’s how:

The United States Department of State (USDS) recommends not hiding your spare house keys under a rock, but instead, giving them to a trusted friend, neighbor, or family member who can also pick up your mail in your absence.

More ways to protect your home:

  • Ensure all entrances and windows are securely locked and dead bolted
  • Set lights on a timer so they light up your home in the evening in your absence 
  • Let your neighbors know your schedule so they can watch for suspicious activity while you're out
  • Hire someone or a company to mow your lawn if you'll be gone for a long time
  • Consider getting a home security system

Another way to throw off potential burglars is by waiting until after vacation to post pictures on social media.

“It’s best not to publicize that your family is away. Wait until you return home to post photos and messages about your trip on social media,” said Vanasdale. “This could help minimize the number of people who know you’re not home and it could keep it from becoming a target.”

The USDS also suggests to ask a neighbor to park their car in your driveway, lock up all valuables and ensure all personal and home insurance policies are up-to-date.

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