Friday December 11, 2015
Thinking about taking a holiday vacation? Then this is for you. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 9 out of every 10 home break-ins could have been prevented if homeowners simply followed a few straightforward tips. So before leaving your Normandy Home unattended this season, be sure you’ve covered the do’s and don’ts.
- Making sure your doors are locked is the easy part, but don’t forget to also make sure all the windows are locked and secure as well.
- Take a look around and see if any electronics or other values are visible from any windows. You don’t want anything in view that could entice a would-be burglar.
- Do you have a sliding glass door or porch screen? A lot of Normandy properties do. If that’s the case, add an extra “lock” to it by placing a piece plywood or rod in the sliding track. This will greatly increase the security of your Normandy Home and prevent an intruder from easily breaking in.
- It can be easily overlooked, but automatic garage doors can be an easy way into your home through the use of a universal remote. Unplug the power to your garage door before you leave and that won’t be a problem.
- Even though Normandy properties are located in safe, well-lit communities, it’s still a good idea to keep the outside lights on while you’re gone. Studies have shown burglars are much less inclined to approach a home if the front and back lights are turned on.
- Make sure there won’t be any obvious signs that you’re away on vacation. Ask your friends or neighbors to pick up the newspaper for you, check your mailbox, or to put your trash/recycling container on the corner come pick-up day. This way your Normandy Home won’t appear unoccupied.
- The more ordinary your house looks, the better it is for you. That’s why it isn’t recommended to go out of your way to do things you normally wouldn’t. For example, reconsider parking your car in the garage if you typically park it in the driveway. You want your Normandy Home to look the way it always does.
- It can be tempting to post all the details of your vacations on social media for your friends and family to see. However, that’s not always a good idea. According to AdWeek.com, more than 75% of burglars use some form of social media to target potential properties.
- Don’t leave your house key anywhere outside, even if you think it’s in a protected and well-hidden spot. Burglars know what to look for in potential hiding spots and there’s no easier way into your home than with a key.