Tips on Home Security while on Vacation
Now the warmer weather is almost here, your family may be considering a vacation to shake off the winter blues. The last thing you need is to come home to find your home has been burglarized, and a claim needs to be made against your California home insurance.
Here are some tips to help make your home appear occupied:
•Before you leave, ensure all doors and windows are locked, and your security system is set. During the excited flurry of packing, a vital lock can easily be missed. Double check that tools, gardening items and children’s bikes are all locked away securely
•Even with interior lights timed to turn on and off at the usual times, your house can still appear vacant because your curtains remain static. Consider using timers on your curtains too, so they open in the morning and close at night.
•While many people remember to stop newspaper delivery while they’re away, they may forget about the free community newspaper that may stack up on your doorstep over a few weeks.
•A trustworthy neighbor can be extremely helpful if you’re vacationing for several weeks. Apart from generally keeping an eye on your house, he or she can collect your mail, leave the family car in your driveway and even mow your lawn.
By taking basic security precautions, you can go on vacation knowing you’ve done your best to make sure your home is secure while you’re not there. Remember, if you install extra home security measures you may qualify for a premium discount, so be sure to inform your California home insurance company.