Holiday Home Security

Make home safety a priority while you're away for the holidays

The holidays can be a great time to visit family you rarely get to see, hit the slopes or even flee to the beach. Regardless of how you spend your time away, you need to ensure your house stays safe while you're gone.

A house left empty can be an opportunity for burglars, so before you pack your bags, prepare to protect the stuff that's staying at home.

Here are some pointers for prepping your home before you travel:

Lock it up. Check and double-check that you have locked all the doors and windows.

Check under the mat. If you store an extra key outside your house, remove it. Instead, give the key to a trusted friend or neighbor in case someone needs to enter in an emergency.

Communicate. Ask friends or neighbors to keep an eye on the house, and give them a way to reach you to report any suspicious activity. It's also wise to not communicate your absence on social media.

Forego deliveries. Make sure to stop delivery of packages, mail, newspapers and anything else that could pile up on your porch. Ask your trusted friend or neighbor to pick up these items every other day.

Remove temptations. Do not leave wrapped gifts or expensive electronics visible through windows and doors.

If the unfortunate happens and you are a victim of theft this holiday season, your homeowners and umbrella policies may offer protection. To know for sure, take time to review your insurance policies before you're inundated with thoughts of holiday dinner menus and travel plans.

As part of our service to you, RBFCU Insurance Agency can help to make sure you have the home insurance you need. Contact an agent today.

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Information in this article is general in nature and for your consideration, not as financial advice. Please contact your own financial professionals regarding your specific needs before taking any action based upon this information.

Article prepared by Safeco Insurance. Copyright 2019; October 2019

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