Don't Let Thieves Break Into Your Identity
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an American home is broken into about every 15 seconds, and one in five homes will experience a break-in or home invasion. The best defense against burglary is prevention. With a little planning, you can make your home unappealing to intruders.
Tips to Safeguard Your Home Against Break-ins
- Keep garage doors closed and locked. If you have an automatic garage door opener, never leave it visible in your car. And be sure to lock the door between your garage and home.
- Never hide keys around the exterior of your home. Thieves look for keys in mailboxes, under doormats and above doorways.
- Always lock your doors and gates, even if you're just going around the corner. This includes securing sliding glass doors so they can't be lifted off the track.
- Avoid putting your family name next to street numbers. This prevents would-be burglars from looking up your name in the phone book and calling to see if someone is home.
- Use lighting as a deterrent. Consider both motion-sensistive lights and photoelectric lights that switch on and off automatically at dusk and dawn. Position them high enough to prevent easy reach by intruders.
- Don't let burglars know when you're not home. Keep vacation plans private. Do not post them on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Use a shredder to eliminate personal information that might be thrown in the garbage.
- Obtain your free annual credit report from each of the credit bureaus, and review them frequently.
Another Way to Help Protect Your Identity
The American Family Identity Theft Program includes our Identity Fraud Expense Coverage, which covers costs associated with repairing your identity, including attorney fees, loan application fees and lost wages.
Learn more about the American Family Identity Theft Program.