Going on vacation?
Protect your home while you're away.
Burglars never take a vacation. Instead, they wait for you to go away to commit their crimes. Make sure you don't give them the chance. Plus, other unforeseen events can happen while you're away, so it's important to take some precautions before you leave.
1. Make it look like you're home,
even when you're not
- Ask a family member or neighbour to pick up your mail, newspapers and flyers.
- If possible, leave a vehicle parked in your driveway and ask someone reliable to come and move it from time to time.
- Ask someone to mow your lawn if you will be gone awhile.
- Install security systems, such as a timer for indoor and outdoor lights, as well as an outdoor motion detector.
2. Keep thieves out
- Make sure all of your doors and windows, including those in the basement, are locked.
- If you have an alarm system, make sure it's on.
- Use a rod to block your windows and sliding doors.
- Bring in anything that burglars might find handy (ladder, garbage can, garden tools, etc.).
- Ensure that your house is visible from the street. Clear away anything that may hide your doors and window.and therefore burglars, to.such as a hedge.
3. Protect your property against water damage and reduce the risk of fire
- Close the valves to your washer, dishwasher and other appliances that might cause a leak.
- Close the main water valve to your home, and drain the pipes. By the way, did you know there are shutoff systems that automatically turn off your main water valve when a leak is detected? There are also other systems that trigger an alarm that is monitored off-site when a leak is detected.
- Make sure there is nothing in your gutters and that they are in good condition.
- To prevent an electrical overload, unplug all electronic devices and small appliances (microwave oven, coffee maker, etc.).
4. Avoid telling everyone about your vacation plans
- While you may be thrilled about going away on vacation, it's best not to broadcast that information, and that includes on your phone. Above all, don't mention your absence on your voicemail greeting.
- Burglars are always on the lookou.even on social media. So don't post a message about your absence and, above all, wait until you're back before posting your marvellous vacation photos.
5. Ask your broker
To learn more, or if you have questions about your home insurance, contact your broker. He is your best advisor.
On that note, enjoy your vacation!
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