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It is officially summer and for many, this means it is time for a vacation away from home. The excitement from escaping Lubbock’s unpredictable weather and beginning an enjoyable vacation can cause people to forget the easy ways to protect their homes. Taking the necessary precautions to protect your home will allow you to leave the house worry free.   

Do examine your house from the street and peek over the fence to make sure no valuables, like expensive artwork or electronics are visible. If a passerby can see your belongings, so can criminals.


Don’t
leave outside clues that you are away. Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your newspaper, mail, or door hangers so it appears you are picking them up as usual.     
                    

Do keep the inside and perimeters of your home well lit by using timers to make to appear that you’re home.

Don’t post the details of your vacation for the whole world to see. Discussing your vacation on social media sites and home voicemail is basically telling criminals your house will be unoccupied.

Do make sure all doors and windows are locked and fastened. Secure sliding glass doors by placing a metal rod in the track to prevent an intruder from forcing the door open.

Don’t leave any GPS or visible electronics in your parked car. Whether your car is at the airport or in your driveway, it gives thieves a reason to break in and possibly find route to your house. 

Do consider installing a home security system, making sure it is activated upon any departure. Alarm systems help prevent crime but also benefit the homeowners in several other ways:

  • Homeowners with a home security systems typically enjoy lower insurance rates due to the reduced risk of burglary and fire
  • Home security systems can be an added selling point when putting a home on the market
  • An intruder entering a home with a security system will most likely exit the home immediately upon hearing the alarm; lowering physical danger and reducing risk of loss

SimpliSafe is a wireless home security system that arrives pre-programmed to work instantly. Trust us, if we didn’t use it and like it, we wouldn't be wasting your time. There is no contract, phone line, or technician needed. Control your home from anywhere in the world by using the SimpliSafe mobile app that can lock or unlock, show who has unlocked the home by using different pins, what motion sensor went off,  or simply just be alerted when certain areas of the home are accessed; such as liquor cabinet opened, file drawers & closets, medicine cabinets, etc.

Click here and use our promo code 1329 to learn more about SimpliSafe. And as always, call our office at 806-763-7311 or email directly to landrews@shropshireinsurance.com so we can help make your life a little more simple!

 

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