Keep Burglars at Bay While You’re Away
Tips to protect your home while you’re away:
• Make it time-consuming to break into your home. Research suggests that if burglars think it will take more than four or five minutes to break into a home, they will move on. Check outside doors and frames to ensure they are strong and made of metal or thick hardwood. Use deadbolts on windows and doors, which can slow burglars down or deter them entirely.
• Invest in an effective burglar alarm that, when triggered, alerts the police, fire department and other emergency services. Check with your insurance agent about possible alarm system discounts.
• Disconnect computers and other electronic devices from the internet to prevent hackers from gaining access to your information. Make sure personal information on your computer is difficult to access.
• Keep valuables locked up and out of sight. Expensive jewelry, electronic devices and other high-value items should be hidden from plain view and placed in lockboxes.
• Make your home look inhabited. Use timers to turn lights on and off, temporarily stop newspaper deliveries and arrange to have your mail picked up or held by the post office. An unkempt lawn also is an indicator to burglars that you are away.
• Ask a dependable neighbor, friend or family member to keep an eye on your home while you’re away.
• Avoid discussing your travel plans in public places such as at the grocery store or your local café. Try not to post about your plans on social media; someone may see your posts and target your home while you’re away.
• Create a home inventory. If you do need to file a claim, preparing a home inventory of your possessions beforehand will make the process easier.
• Check your insurance policy to ensure that you have the coverage you need in case you experience theft or damage to your property.
To find out more about renters or homeowners insurance, call your AAA Northway insurance agent to see what discounts you may be eligible for and what type of coverage you might need.