(NC)—Vacations are one of the best parts of summer and nothing is worse than returning home to see your house was broken into while you were away.
“Losses due to burglary or theft are one of the most common types of home insurance claims,” says John Jenner, vice-president of marketing and communications at Western Financial Group. “Homeowners can greatly reduce the chances of being targeted by a thief if they take precautions before leaving, such as making the house look lived in and protected.”
Jenner suggests the following guideline:
• Ask someone to check your property when you're away. Have them take mail inside and mow the lawn. Make sure they know how to reach you if they do find something out of the ordinary.
• Put your lights and even the stereo or TV on timers. Lights turning on and off at different times in the day will fool anyone watching into thinking there is someone inside.
• Consider installing motion lights, an alarm system and sturdy deadbolts and window latches. A well-lit and protected-looking house will dissuade would-be burglars.
• Don't tell people you don't trust you're leaving. That includes putting a note on the door for deliverymen, leaving a phone message saying you're way, and talking about your vacation to people you don't know well.
“It is also important for homeowners to tell their insurance company if they're going to be away for an extended period of time,” adds Jenner. “Homeowners are also advised to keep an inventory of their possessions in case the worst happens and they do have to make a claim.”
More information is available online at www.westernfinancialgroup.ca.
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