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Is Your Florida Home ‘Vacation Safe’ While You Are Away?

Feb, 26
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Though most think of summer season as the time to vacation for many Florida residents that isn’t the case for all of them. Our residents are lucky enough to be able to travel the world year round.

According to the FBI’s 2019 report there were over 9,275,000 property crimes in the United States last year. This statistic includes break in’s, thefts and stolen vehicles. The loss to owners comes in at approximately $15 billion.

We wanted to offer you some tips for keeping your home safe while you are away.

This one is a dead giveaway that no one is living there – Stop your mail. Ask the post office to hold your mail till the date that you return. You put the request in online or at an office. A full mail box screams “no one is here and checking on this property, come on in!”

It may be tempting to brag, but trust us – don’t.

Your vacation does not belong on social media. Criminals look for this. Everything posted online is potentially view-able to anyone. Criminals have their way of gaining access to accounts.

Ask a friend or neighbor to keep a look out. Even if you can’t have someone house sit. Having someone who you can trust to check on your house incrementally  while you are gone can make a difference. If they live very near by, ask if they would mind parking their car in your driveway for a few hours during the week. This gives the impression to potential thieves that someone is home. It is also great for them to remove junk mail off of your mailbox or any papers that companies might drop at your door.

Lock up. This may sound overly simple, but is often over looked. Thieves will test a door handle and for many, if it is locked, they will move on to the next house. This goes for all windows and sliding glass doors as well.

Timed Lights. While casing a potential place to hit, thieves are quick to notice that the lights are always on. Setting different lights on timers throughout the home gives the impression that someone is actually there.

Notify the Police. If you tell the police department that you will be out of town, then they normally will make extra rounds on your street. Having increased police presence in the area may deter thieves and will keep your home safe.

Make sure that your home and belongings are properly insured before you leave for that much-needed vacation! Contact us here at Centennial Insurance Services for a quick quote. Protecting your home should be high on your list of priorities.

Call Centennial Insurance Services at 239-247-5125 or visit us online for a quote or to schedule an appointment at cisinsfl.com.