Your home is your castle and you want to protect it. You don’t have to dig a moat and booby trap your entries, however, in order to prevent a break-in or burglary. Although that may make for an interesting Saturday afternoon, there are far easier ways to protect your family, home and belongings.
One easy way to keep thieves from coveting your property is to keep it out of sight. Never leave bicycles, scooters, skateboards or other items that can be easily taken in your yard. Ask the kids to bring these things into the garage or walk them to the back yard where they can be chained up. You may also want to break down that box your new, 60-inch television came in rather than leave the entire box at the curb to broadcast your recent purchase. If you have valuables near windows, be sure to keep the blinds or curtains drawn to avoid having them catch the eye of a passing criminal.
Most break-ins happen during the day, when honest people are at work. A good way to deter them is to make it seem like you are still home. You can leave a light on, leave a radio playing or keep the television on.
For extended vacations, it’s even more important to hide the fact that no one is home. It’s a good idea to tell a trusted neighbor how long you will be gone and ask them to keep an eye on the place. They may also be willing to do things so it isn’t obvious the house is empty, such as collect your mail and any newspaper deliveries, and take the trash bins to the curb on collection day. You may want to also pay a neighbor kid to mow the lawn, or shovel the driveway if you’ll be away for a week or more.
You can do all this and even install a top of the line home security system, yet burglaries can and still do happen. That’s when the importance of having a comprehensive home insurance policy comes into play. Gallant Insurance agents are always available to answer any questions you may have, suggest coverage options best suited for you and your home, and even assist you in filing a claim. We are able to find you a variety of quotes from a number of providers, ensuring the policy you choose offers the best coverage at the most affordable rates. Contact us to find out how you can obtain a burglary-proof home insurance policy.