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Protect Your Home When You're Away

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Summer is a prime time for break-ins. In fact, July and August are the worst months for burglaries, according to the Insurance Information Institute. So before hitting the road, here are some suggestions to help keep you safe while you're gone.

Set your home security system before leaving.

If you don’t have a system, consider investing in one. In addition to helping protect your home, it might earn you a discount on your homeowners insurance.

Stop your newspapers and mail.

Nothing says “homeowner on vacation” more clearly than piles of newspapers on the step, and magazines and letters bulging through the mailbox.

Trim trees and shrubs near doors and windows.

Make it difficult for would-be thieves to hide near your home.

Keep your lawn mowed.

Arrange to keep your grass cut, so it appears someone is home.

Let your neighbors know you’re gone.

Provide a number where you can be reached. You might also want to leave a spare house key with someone you trust.

Put timers on your lights.

It’s best if you can set the lights to go on at different times.

Put a password on your computer.

These days, burglars don’t just break in to steal a television; many of them are sophisticated enough to hack your computer and gain access to your financial accounts. Before going on vacation, you may want to disable your automatic login and put a password on your system for when your computer is turned on.

By helping secure your home, you’ll enjoy your vacation even more.

These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards.