If you are traveling for the holidays, more than your waistline may be at risk. Take the following precautions to make sure your home stays safe while you are away.
1. Stop mail, newspapers, and deliveries. A porch full of old mail shows thieves that nobody is home. Call the post office to set up a “vacation hold” for your mail.
2. Install timers on things like radios, televisions, and lights. Turning them on routinely will make your home appear occupied, even when you aren’t close. That being said, be energy conscious with this tip, and don’t leave electronics on for extended periods of time.
3. If you know and trust your neighbors, let them know your plans. Let them know any cars that may be in your driveway, when you are turning on your electronics on timers, and who should be milling around your house.
4. Watch your social media coverage. We all love posting vacation photos, especially those filled with family and friends, but those pictures can be used by thieves to determine that your house is empty. While you’re at it, check your social media pictures for any pictures with your address, distinguishing yard features, or anything a thief could use to identify your home. Being aware of how those images can be used in the wrong hands is the best line of defense.
5. Schedule an “Out of Residence Check.” Many police departments are happy to send an officer by your home to make sure things look right. Call your department, and let them know when you’ll be leaving town, and when you plan on returning.
No matter where, how, or why you’re traveling this holiday season, be smart about it. Remember, the Grinch isn’t the only one trying to steal Christmas. As always, if you want to discuss your insurance coverage before going out of town, please call us at 314.434.0038.