Your bags are packed and you are ready to go, but before you head out, make sure your house is ready too. COUNTRY Financial® wants you to know how a few simple steps to guard your home can give you some peace of mind while your family is out and about this season.
December is a peak travel month for vacationers, and burglars know it. Some reports indicate the highest percentage of burglaries happen during this season. So consider protecting your home before heading out.
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.
The USDS also suggests asking a neighbor to park their car in your driveway and locking up all valuables.
- Ensure all entrances and windows are securely locked and/or dead bolted
- Set lights on a timer so they light up you are home during evening hours
- Make sure neighbors know your schedule so they can watch for suspicious activity
- If you are taking a long vacation, hire someone or a company to shovel your snow
- Consider getting a home security system
It is best not to publicize that you are away. Wait until you return home to post photos and messages about your trip on social media. This could help minimize the number of people who know you are not home to help keep it from becoming a target.
Finally, just in case something does happen to your home while you are away, check to be sure all personal and home insurance policies are up-to-date. While we all wish the best for you as you travel for the holidays, these simple steps can help make sure you can start your new year off right.