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Hit the road for a worry-free holiday

Tips for keeping your home safe while you’re away

Dec. 11, 2017

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 out and about this season.

“December is a peak travel month for vacationers and burglars know it,” said Eric Vanasdale, senior loss control representative at COUNTRY Financial. “Some reports say the highest percentage of burglaries happen during this season. So you may consider doing your best to protect your home before heading 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.

Other tips:

  • Ensure all entrances and windows are securely locked and/or dead bolted
  • Set lights on a timer so they light up your home during evening hours
  • Make sure neighbors know your schedule so they can watch for suspicious activity
  • If you’re taking a long vacation, hire someone or a company to shovel your snow
  • Consider getting a home security system

Another way you can throw off potential burglars is by waiting to post vacation pictures to your social media channels until after you return home from vacation.

“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.

About COUNTRY Financial

COUNTRY Financial is a marketing name for COUNTRY Life Insurance Company®, COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company® and their respective subsidiaries, located in Bloomington, IL. COUNTRY Financial serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States and offers a wide range of insurance and financial products and services.