Winter is a beautiful time to get away from home, but it’s also the perfect opportunity for thieves to take advantage of you being gone. If you are planning a vacation this winter, the staff at American Tri-Star San Diego recommends taking these essential steps to protect your property while you are away.
Lock the Property
Most homeowners remember to lock the main doors to their residences before they leave on vacation, but many forget to lock the windows they usually leave open so they can break into their own houses if they lose their keys. Before you leave, take a final walkthrough to make sure all windows are secure. Do not forget to check the garage and other outside storage areas as well.
Install Security Systems
Before you leave on your winter vacation, consider installing or upgrading your home’s security system. This may even pay for itself through savings on your San Diego homeowners insurance. Some of the newer security systems even allow you to keep an eye on your property using your Smartphone.
Notify the Neighbors
Most people have at least one or two neighbors they can trust. Make sure these people know you will be going away and how to get ahold of you if they notice something suspicious. Encourage them to contact the police if they see something unusual while you are away.
Inform the Police
In many communities, police departments have a special patrol set up for homeowners who plan to be away. When this service is available, the police can pay special attention to your property when patrolling your neighborhood.
Make sure to have your mail put on hold during the time you will be away. If you are expecting any other type of deliveries, make sure these services are stopped as well. Local newspapers will usually hold your subscription or donate the papers while you are out of town.
Taking these preventative measures reduces the risk of coming home to an ugly surprise. However, you should still make sure you’re covered with adequate homeowners insurance in the event a break-in does occur. Get in touch with Tri-Star Insurance and we can help you select a home insurance policy to best suit your needs. In addition to homeowners insurance, we also provide affordable options for the auto, commercial, RV, and health insurance San Diego residents prefer. Give us a call today at 619-272-2100 to learn more.