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That hard-earned vacation is almost here! You’re looking forward to kicking back and relaxing! There is a lot to do to prepare for your time away, such as shopping, packing, and banking. You should also add safeguarding your home to the list to reduce the chances of mishaps while you are gone. The insurance experts at First Entertainment Credit Union share these tips for protecting your home while you are on vacation.  

Home Safety Tips From First Entertainment Credit Union 

1. Install a security system. Consider installing a professionally monitored security system. Most break-ins involve the use of force so a home security system is a useful deterrent that alerts the authorities. According to the FBI, homes without security systems are 300 times more likely to be burglarized. 

2. Turn off the water. By turning off your water, you will keep toilets from overflowing, pipes from leaking or bursting, and prevent outside spigots from being left running.  During the summer, turn off the main shut-off valve if no one will be home. In the winter, you can also shut off the water but be careful of how low you set the temperature in the house, so the pipes don’t freeze.  

3. Adjust the thermostat. Save some money by adjusting your thermostat for air conditioning to a higher temperature. In the winter months, don’t set the thermostat lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit so that your water pipes won’t freeze.  

4. Stop the mail. If mail is piling up in your mailbox, it’s the perfect tip-off to would-be burglars that no one is home. Either put a hold on your mail and newspaper, or have a trusted neighbor pick it up for you. 

5. Make it look like someone is home. Set your interior lamps and television on timers so it looks like your house does when you are home. On the exterior of your home, install a motion-sensing light which is a good deterrent from people walking up to your house. Also, if you are away for longer that a week, arrange to have your lawn mowed or snow removed.  

6. Don’t post on social media. Although it’s fun to post pictures of your vacation on social media, wait until you get home. Posting while you are away sends an alert, potentially to the wrong people, that you are away from home. 

7. Unplug electronics. Make sure your high-end electronics, including widescreen televisions, computers, and sound systems are unplugged to prevent damage in the event of a severe storm.  

8. Disconnect your garage door opener. Today’s thieves are pretty tech-savvy and can hack into garage door opener codes. There are also some openers brands that can be opened with a universal remote. 

9. Don’t hide a key. Criminals will always look for the hidden key, and chances are they will find it! Give your spare key to a family member, friend, or trusted neighbor. 

10. Make sure your home is covered. Make sure you have an adequate homeowners insurance policy that will protect your home if something does happen while you're away. 

Contact Us Today for Your Free Insurance Review! 

Let us make sure your home is properly covered with a free insurance review. Our skilled agents can provide you with the best protection at the best cost with coverage checks, insurance quotes, revamping current policies, and reviewing bundling options for deep discounts. Our subsidiary, Media Benefits Insurance Services* (MBIS), offers a variety of policies at prices you can afford.  

You can schedule an appointment for your free insurance review by contacting one of our agents directly, or you can schedule an appointment online. Our agents will be happy to meet with you in person or over the phone.  

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Enjoy that vacation in peace knowing that your home is protected.  

 

* Insurance services offered through Media Benefits Insurance Services CA Lic#0H99393, a DBA for Media Benefits Corp., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Entertainment Credit Union.