Take to the Road but Leave Your Worries Behind
If this holiday season finds you on the road to visit family or friends, or in search of warmer temperatures, you’ll want to be smart and careful to protect your property.
Here are a few tips to keep your home just the way you left it when you’re on the road:
- Watch while you’re away. Invest in a home monitoring system; there are many options today to help you keep an eye on your home from a laptop, tablet or smart phone.
- Play hard to get. Research shows that if it takes more than four or five minutes to break into a home, a burglar will go somewhere else. Dead-bolt windows, lock doors and install a burglar alarm that will alert a central reporting system. This might also save you some money on your premium.
- Keep up the heat. You’ll want to maintain your home’s temperature at a minimum of 62 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing. Also, keep open doors of cabinets that may contain pipes to allow the warm air in.
- Unplug and disconnect. Turn off your garage opener to prevent thieves from opening it with a universal remote.
- Light the way. Keeping your home and property well lit will discourage intruders. A best practice is to put indoor lights on a timer so it appears someone’s home after dark.
- Get a trim. Shave the shrubs around your home so burglars have no place to hide.
- Far removed. Before you leave, make arrangements for someone to plow your driveway and shovel your walkway if it snows.
- Don’t advertise your absence. It’s best not to mention your vacation plans on social media. You never know if there’s a burglar lurking online.
Take these practical steps and you’ll find yourself on the road not just to vacation, but also to greater peace of mind.
Sources: Consumer Reports, July 2014; USA Today, 2014; Insurance