Home Security - Insurance Information Institute Article
Tips for making your home safe and secure from criminals.
You’ve selected a destination, purchased plane tickets, made hotel reservations, and begun packing. As you get ready for your long awaited vacation, it is a good idea to make sure that you know how to keep yourself and your home protected while you are away.
There are a number of important steps you can take to help protect yourself, home, and belongings before leaving on vacation. The following sections provide safety tips and guidelines to consider in order to protect your home and belongings and keep yourself safe while you are on vacation.
Protecting Your Home And Belongings
While people go on vacation at all times of the year, July and August are two of the busiest months for vacationing. But while you’re enjoying time away, a thief may find your vacant home a tempting target.
According to the FBI, a burglar enters a home in the United States every 14 seconds, and 60 percent of burglaries occur when a home is unoccupied. The most important thing to do when you’re away from home on vacation is to create the appearance that someone actually is home.
One of the most recommended tips for when you’ll be gone for an extended period of time is to have a house sitter watch your home. If that's not possible, review the following checklist.
Home Safety Checklist(PDF) This checklist offers some basic guidelines to help discourage a thief from entering your home.
Once you have protected and secured your home, you should focus on how to keep yourself safe while you are at your destination. Many locations that attract a high volume of tourists often come with a high number of thieves. To make sure that you don’t become a victim of crime, and because you are more vulnerable in unfamiliar surroundings, it is important for you to take a proactive approach to ensuring your safety.