Summer Safety Tips

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On the go? Protect your home and family this summer season.

Each year, there are more than 2.15 million burglaries, over 65 percent of which are residential break-ins, with the majority occurring in the peak vacation months of July and August according to a July 2007 Insurance Information Institute (III) report. Further, the report states that 9 out of 10 home break-ins could be prevented if homeowners would take simple steps to burglarproof their homes.

More than half of the U.S population is planning a vacation away from home this summer. If you’e one of them, here are some safety tips to help keep your home safe while you travel:

  • Stop delivery of your mail and newspapers—or have a friend or neighbor pick them up for you.
  • Keep bushes and shrubs well-trimmed. Use timers on lights, televisions and radios to provide sound and lights the inside of your home.
  • Keep the outside of your home well lit. Would-be thieves prefer not to be seen.
  • Have your lawn maintained if you will be gone for more than a few days.
  • Leave the air conditioner on. A silent compressor on a hot day is a good indication you aren’t home.
  • Unplug everything but the refrigerator, freezer, and the lights and radios you have set on timers.
  • Where possible, turn off the water to your sinks, toilets, dishwasher, washing machine and hot water heater.

Follow these tips and you’re sure to have an enjoyable—and safe—summer holiday.