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Protecting your home while on vacation

Going on vacation is an exciting time for you and your family. Unfortunately, it can also be an exciting time for burglars with the opportunity to break into your empty house. Protecting your house when you are away on vacation is much easier than you may think. A few simple steps could keep your house and belongings safe while you are on vacation.

The most important step you can take to protecting your home while you are away is to make it look occupied. Leave lights on or connect certain indoor lights to a timer so they come on when it gets dark. Ask a neighbor or friend to collect any mail or deliveries, or arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail while you are away so that they don’t pile up. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, arrange for your lawn to be mowed so it does not get overgrown.

When it comes to locks, don’t be frugal. Spending a little extra money on locks can help add a lot of security to your house. When investing in locks, don’t only think about your front and back door. Make sure to check your windows and sliding glass doors. Sliding glass doors are one of the most vulnerable areas of the house, so make sure to get a special lock to make your home more secure.

Make sure to keep any valuable items away from windows, or close the blinds when you leave the house. Any large outdoor items, such as motorcycles or lawnmowers should always be stored in locked sheds or garages.

Making a detailed list of items in your house that includes the original sale date, price, and serial numbers can protect your valuables in case of a break in . Also make a video record of any family heirlooms and antiques.

If you need any help protecting your home from intruders, or help making an inventory of items, contact the Insurance Agency of Dean Davis, located in Austin, Texas. They provide plans for your auto, personal, commercial, and home insurance needs.