Protect Your Home from Thieves While on Vacation

Posted by  //  July 25, 2012  //  Allstate, Articles

July and August are peak months for residential burglaries because so many residents are vacationing and away from their homes for extended periods of time. “It’s important for homeowners to take steps to help protect their home and possessions before departing,” says Allstate New York spokesperson Jaclyn Darrohn.

Allstate shares the following tips with homeowners to help them protect their homes this summer:

  • Make it appear as though you are at home. Keep the house well lit and consider placing staggered timers on different lights, both inside and outside the house. Make sure that outside lights are out of reach of burglars. Keep blinds or curtains in their usual position
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to lend a hand. Arrange to have mail, packages and newspapers picked up regularly. Make arrangements for the lawn to be mowed. If your car will be parked outside for more than a week, ask a friend to change its position a few times. Tell only people you know and trust that you are going away
  • Professionals locksmiths like advises everyone to keep valuables well hidden and under lock and key. Expensive jewelry should be stored in a safety deposit box at the bank or hidden in a room other than the bedroom
  • Create deterrents to entry. Install strong frames, locks/deadbolts, and alarms on windows, doors, garages and sheds (tools stored in sheds can be used to break into homes). Also, continue reading to learn how to remove spare keys and openers from outside the house
  • Safeguard personal documents. When possible, do not leave personal documents in your home office or desk, as burglars will know to look for them there. Put critical documents in a lock box elsewhere in the house. Keep copies of important documents at another location, such as a relative’s home.
  • Disconnect hackers. Turn off your computer and disconnect it from the Internet. If you save personal information on your computer, make sure it is difficult to access. You don’t want a hacker at work while you are on vacation.

For More information and a new quote please call Shirley Eizember, Pinckney Insurance Agency, 41 Port Watson St, Cortland New York. 607-756-8505

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer known for its “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via and 1-800 Allstate®.

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