Winter is here, which means that it is time to lock up those vacation homes! If you have a secondary home that sits vacant for any length of time (even if you rent it out during the cooler months), be sure to take the appropriate precautions in securing your home. Of course, always lock your doors and windows before leaving. Beyond the basic precautions, here are 3 more ways to help deter a burglar: time, sound, and visibility.
1.) Make friends with your neighbors. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home or even just check the mail every couple of days. The less time your home appears to be unattended, the less likely a thief will attempt to break in. You can also purchase light timers in which you are able to program your lights to turn on and off automatically. Again, this will make it appear as if someone is home.
2.) Make sure your alarm system is LOUD! Loud sounds will wake neighbors and draw attention to your home. Make sure you know what kind of alarm you have — local or central. A local alarm only alarms those within the home. A central alarm is monitored by a company and will report any activation from the alarm to the police department. Occasionally, certain types of alarm systems will provide a discount with your insurance. Speak to your insurance agent about any possible credits for having a certain type of alarm system.
3.) Keep bushes trimmed to prevent good hiding spots. Install outside security lights that have motion sensors. The less visibility your home and yard offer, the less likely a burglar will attempt to break in.
As an added layer of protection, call Taylor Agency today to find out what kind of theft coverage is available to you!