Gone for the Holidays: Safeguarding Your Home

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InsureMe gives tips for keeping burglars at bay during holiday travel.

With the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reporting a 23% travel increase over the holidays as compared to the rest of the year, it’s no surprise that experts anticipate home theft to increase accordingly.

To help ward off would-be burglars, InsureMe, a leading consumer-agent link for finding insurance online, is highlighting some important tips for keeping homes safe and theft-free over the holidays.

Make use of timers and motion lights. Connecting interior and exterior lights to a timer will give the impression that someone is home. Installing special motion-sensitive lights will take away a thief’s shield of darkness and will likely prompt the robber to move on.

Stop mail delivery. Nothing says “We’re not home” like an overflowing mailbox. Put a hold on mail and newspapers, or have a trusted friend or neighbor collect all mail until you return.

Cover garage windows. Putting a towel or curtain over garage windows will prevent outsiders from noticing an empty garage—a sure sign of an absent homeowner.

Secure all ladders and decorative trellises in the garage. Removing all climbing instruments will prevent burglars from entering your home on the second floor.

Lock and secure all windows and doors. Deadbolts are still the most effective type of lock and tend to be pick-resistant. Reinforce sliding glass doors with a broom stick or metal rod and make sure all windows are tightly closed and locked.

Installing other theft-deterrents such as electronic burglar alarms are also a great way to protect your home—and will also save you money on your homeowner’s insurance.

“Many electronic devices ring local authorities, elevating the level of protection in the home,” says Mike Sajdak, InsureMe Chief Financial Officer.

“Insurers realize this and give homeowners anywhere from a 5% to 15% discount. It really is a double benefit to consumers.”

With an estimated 30 million Americans traveling away from home this holiday season, home security is likely to be one list everyone checks twice.

About InsureMe

InsureMe, an Englewood, Colorado-based company, links agents nationwide with consumers shopping for insurance. Specializing in auto, home, life, long-term care and health insurance quotes, the InsureMe network provides thousands of agents with insurance leads every year. For more information, visit http://www.InsureMe.com.


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