4 Steps to secure your home when you're away

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Is your home safe and secure while you’re away? Whether you’re heading out of town for a few days or a few weeks, enjoy a stress-free holiday with these 4 steps.

1. ASK A FRIEND OR RELATIVE TO CHECK ON YOUR HOUSE

  • If you’ll be away for a long period, ask someone you trust to keep an eye on your house.
  • Make sure they have your itinerary and contact info.

2. THINK PREVENTION

  • Store small items or important documents in a safe deposit box.
  • Make sure that your home security system is on and share the code with the person who’s checking on your home while you’re away.
  • Don’t share your travel plans on social media.

3. PREVENT THEFT

  • Lock all doors and windows, including the garage door, shed, and basement windows.
  • Remove your spare key from its hiding spot—burglars know where to look!

4. GIVE YOUR HOUSE A LIVED-IN LOOK

  • Set timers on outdoor and indoor lights and leave some blinds or drapes open to deter intruders.
  • Make sure that your newspapers and mail are picked up or put on hold. • Leave a car in the driveway, especially if you normally park there.

 

Learn more about our Home & Auto insurance program, including the Alert™ Program. It sends alerts to your phone if there’s a water leak or a risk of freezing pipes in your home.

 


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