Tips for Being Away for the Holidays

Are you traveling for the holidays?  Here are 15 top tips to keep you home safe while you are away:

  1. Make sure alarm systems and motion sensors are in place and working properly.  Connect these to your phone to monitor activity at all times of the day.
  2. Use automatic lights to scare potential robbers away.  Consider placing a camera on your home and linking to your phone to keep an eye on activity.
  3. Let a neighbor know you are leaving and the amount of time you will be gone.  Leave a spare key with your neighbor.
  4. Keep all trees and bushes trimmed around your home.  Overgrown shrubbery can be a good place for burglars to hide.
  5. Unplug appliances to avoid fires and excess electric use.
  6. Keep your thermostat as low as possible.  This will save you money on electricity.
  7. Close windows, curtains and blinds so intruders cannot see in.
  8. Double-check all doors and windows are locked.
  9. Arrange for mail/newspapers to be temporarily stopped or have a neighbor pick these up for you.  Piled up deliveries could signal a vacant home and make your house a target for intruders.
  10. Make sure holiday decorations are running properly to avoid disasters while away.  Check that all plug-in lights and decorations are in proper condition as not to start a fire while you are away.
  11. Keep a car in the driveway to trick potential intruders into thinking someone is home.
  12. Avoid broadcasting the vacation via social media.  You don’t want to the world to know your home is left unattended.
  13. Hire a snow removal service or neighbor to keep your driveway and paths clear for when you return.
  14. Lock away your valuables in a safe.
  15. Have a safe and happy holiday from your Trusted Choice Independent Insurance Agency – Farmers Union Agency!

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