Summer Break-ins

Summer is finally here and it's time to go on vacation! The kids are out of school which is a perfect excuse for you to get out of town. What you probably don't know is the amount of home break-ins during the summer increase by a whopping 20%! There are a few extra precautions you can take when leaving your home, especially during this heated season.

Set timers on lights. Burglars look for easy opportunities such as empty houses. Don't let your house appear vacant by having interior and exterior lights occasionally come on and off..

To avoid power surges, disconnect electronics or make sure they are plugged into a surge protector for safety.

Alert your alarm company. Call your security representative to announce your departure and make sure your alarm is set properly.

Secure your valuables. If you have loose jewelry or valuables sitting around consider putting them in an a safe deposit box. Leaving nothing in plain sight for a burglar to see through a window.

Avoid social networking. Don't broadcast your location on Facebook or Twitter. It is not safe to leave messages for a possible burglar to see.

Have your mail picked up by a neighbor and have your landscape tended to before your leave. Don't let piling newspapers or overgrown grass be cues to an empty house.

Lock up your garage, windows, and all your doors! Even if there isn't an opening to your house from the garage, there's a chance for many things to be stolen.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer. If you arrive home from vacation and you notice any broken doors or windows on your home alert the authorities before anything else. Once you are safe and secure, contact us to assist you in filing a claim for damage to your home.