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June 23, 2017

How to Protect Your Home from Burglary during Summer

According to a recent FBI report, approximately 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported each year with the highest amounts of burglaries occurring during the summertime. This is the time that many homeowners are away from home and failing to take simple precautions can lead you to become a part of these leading statistics. Don't let burglars steal away your summer fun; be aware of these precautionary tips before leaving your home alone!

1. Install a monitored home security system.

Getting a monitored home security system will help reduce the chances of a burglary. When identifying their target, burglars are usually not searching for houses with home security systems, mostly because often times it will trigger an alert to contact the police to arrive onsite immediately. According to recent reports by the National Burglar and Fire Association, homes without security systems are 3 times more likely to be broken into, and 90% of burglars say they would much rather avoid a home with an alarm system. Many security companies offer advanced technology packages that include surveillance cameras that provide you with the ability to monitor your home from your smartphone.

2. Don't publicize your vacation timeline.

One of the most common mistakes is publicizing your vacation timeline on social media. You become an easy target when you publicly inform people that your home is left unattended. Avoid posting status updates about your vacation while you are still away; instead, wait until you have safely returned back from your trip to post all the pictures of your getaway.

3. Inform trusted neighbors/family & friends

Though we wouldn't recommend informing your entire social media followers about your departure, telling a few selected family and friends is preferred. You can ask them to house-sit or briefly pass by your house to make sure that everything is in good standing. Informing a trusted neighbor of the time period that you will be away will let them know to immediately contact the police if they see any suspicious activity around your home.

4. Get Insured.

In spite of all the precautions, if your house is robbed, you never want to get caught without insurance. If you think of all your valuable items in your home –e.g. your laptop, television, stereo, etc. – you most likely paid a pretty penny for every single one. Creating a list of these items with the serial numbers will help when filing a claim with your insurance company. Getting homeowners insurance will help you get a portion of your money back, and because Renters are just as likely to be the victims of a home burglary, stay protected with Renter's Insurance.

Home is where your heart is, we feel you should keep it protected. Get a quote for Homeowners Insurance or Renters Insurance with A-MAX Auto Insurance and see how we can help protect what you value most.


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