Your home is place where you want to feel safe and secure from any danger. However, life (vacations, work trips, or otherwise) often takes you away from the security of your home. When you leave, you want to feel that your belongings remain the way you left them. The glaring truth: a home burglary happens every 20 seconds, according to the FBI. The following are some tips to consider before you leave your home unattended.
Know your neighbors.
Meet and get to know you neighbors so you can all watch out for one another. When you are away from home, ask the neighbors you completely trust to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. You may want to ask them to pick up your newspapers or park their car in your driveway so your house does not look abandoned.
Post on Social Media AFTER Your Trip.
Sharing images from your travels in real-time, while you are still away, gives thieves a heads-up that your belongings are unattended at home. Though it is tough, wait just a few days until you are back home safely before updating your social media.
Adequate lighting around your home shines a spotlight on potential robbers. Proper lighting around the extremities of your property can be the difference between your home being targeted or not Consider using motion-sensitive fixtures, which can help add security and provide light when needed.
Make Safety a Habit
Of course, it is absolutely important to set a habit of safety before you leave your home. Make sure every door is locked, windows are closed, and alarm systems are activated - at any time of year and for any amount of time you will be gone.
With these courses of action, your home and belongings will be much safer before you go.
Learn more about how TVC Insurance can protect your home here.