Summer is in full swing now! While you might be planning your next summertime vacation away with your family or friends, keep in mind that thieves never take vacations. In fact, according to the U. S. Department of Justice, summertime is the peak season for household property crimes. Additionally, while cars are stolen year-round, it would be particularly devastating if your car were stolen out from under your nose while you were miles and miles away from home. The scary thing is that a car can easily be stole in only one minute.
Protect your home and automobiles from thieves this summer with these 15 quick tips!
For the Home
*As tempting as it might be, resist the urge to share your travel plans on social media. Some burglars use social networking sites to pinpoint their next victims, so you never know who might be seeing your status update.
*Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors. Burglars have a hard time breaking into those sorts of locks.
*Make sure you have adequate exterior lighting. Motion-sensing lights are best at keep thieves away from your home. Consider an alarm system as well.
*Look around your yard to see if any bushes, shrubs, and even trees need to be trimmed. This will make it hard for thieves to find places to hide.
*Don’t give burglars a way to get in to your home! Lock up your ladders and tools; thieves can easily use these items to break in.
*Garages are also a common point of entry for thieves. Keep your garage door closed and locked at all times.
*Get to know your neighbors. They can keep an extra close watch on your home while you’re out of town and can report any suspicious activity to the police.
For the Car
*Always lock your car, roll up your windows, and close your sunroof, even when you’re home. Even one inch of your window open can give a thief plenty of space to break into your car.
*Never leave your car running unattended, no matter where you are.
*Refrain from hiding a spare set of keys on or near the car. Criminals could be watching you hide your keys or can just guess the most common locations that keys could be hidden.
*If you don’t already have one, install an anti-theft system in your vehicle. This is a big deterrent for burglars because they know they’ll be caught sooner or later!
*Be aware of your surroundings, especially in garages, parking lots, and gas stations. Thieves can lurk anywhere. In addition, be especially careful about where you park your car at night. Park it in a well-lit area, if at all possible.
*Keep your valuables out of plain sight. Take them with you when you leave your car or store them in the trunk.
*On vacation? Be sure to hide your maps. Thieves will take note that you are an out-of-towner and can take advantage of it.
*Remember to take care of your old car, no matter how grungy and beat up it is. Burglars will consider stealing both old and new cars. Typically, the old ones are stolen for their parts, so take good care of your old clunkers, too!
Of course, remember to call your agent at Madison Mutual to make sure that your policies are up-to-date before you take off on your vacation. Call us today at 1-800-766-MMIC to get started!