While you’re away for vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is your home being burglarized.
Amica, a Maryland-based insurance company, is reminding residents to stay vigilant and aware of how their home is secured when they are away.
“Burglars often look for easy targets – unoccupied homes that are easy to break into,” said Michael Gillerlane, a senior assistant vice president with Amica. “The most important thing to do, whether you’re leaving overnight or on an extended vacation, is to make your home looked lived-in while you’re gone.”
- Lock garages and sheds. You don’t want burglars to use your tools to break into your home, so make sure they are secured and locked before you leave.
- Leave a light on. This may seem simple, but leave a light on, even if someone needs to come by the house to do it. You can also use a timer to stagger when the lights go on and off.
- Stop mail. Make sure you notify all companies that send mail to your home, including newspaper deliveries. You can also ask a neighbor to collect them so they don’t pile up.
- Maintain the yard. Arrange for someone to come and mow your lawn while you are away, especially if the house will be vacant for an extended period.
- Protect electronics. Make sure you turn off and password-protect computers, and disconnect them from the Internet.
- Hide valuables. Burglars know that people keep their valuables in similar places. It’s a good idea to hide expensive jewelry somewhere else besides the bedroom.
- Secure personal documents. Consider leaving your valuables, including personal documents, in a safety deposit box instead of an unlocked desk.
- Don’t publicize vacation. Try not to talk about your vacation on social media sites.
- Tell someone you’re leaving. It’s a great idea to let trusted friends and neighbors know when you’ll be gone.
- Make it hard to enter. Be sure to close and lock all windows and doors. If you don’t have deadbolt locks, you may consider installing them.