Summer has arrived, a time when many families take their summer vacations. Whether you are gone for a night or a month, it is important you take steps to protect your home while away. The summer months are some of the most common months for home burglaries. Taking a few steps to secure your home before departing can make all the difference. Consider these three tips:

 

Lock up: In the rush of getting out the door in time, many families forget to check every room and window to make sure all areas of their home are secured. Before you depart, take a few moments to set your home security systems and double check all the doors and windows are closed and locked.

 

Trust in a friend or neighbor:  Nothing says, “nobody’s home” more than mail piling up in your mailbox or by your front door. Have a trusted neighbor or friend nearby keep an eye on your home and collect your mail while you are away.  Should you be gone for an extended period of time, you may want to contact the post office and hold your mail from being delivered until you have returned.

 

Simulate Occupancy: Making your home look occupied is one of the most effective ways to deter a burglar. Set lights on a timer both inside and outside to make it appear like someone is home. Mow the lawn right before you leave so it doesn’t grow too tall, as uncut grass will attract unwanted attention.

 

Don’t forget to follow these tips before departing on your trip. You should enjoy your vacation with the peace of mind your home is secure while you are away. For more tips for keeping your home safe while on vacation, click here.

 

 

As one of Florida's largest home insurers, Florida Peninsula Insurance Company knows the importance of keeping your family and home safe and protected. We strive to provide efficient, cost-effective, peace-of-mind protection for our policyholders. To learn more about Florida Peninsula, please contact (877) 229-2244 or Get a Quote on our website.