10 Tips For Protecting Your Home and Identity When On Vacation

Are you planning to go on vacation? We wish you safe travels and would like to offer 10 tips for protecting your home and identity when on vacation. These precautions will provide you peace of mind while you are away from home.

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You can help prevent being a victim of a crime by taking the following 10 steps to keep yourself and home off the radar of criminals while you are on vacation. Start making plans early so that these safety measures will not add to any last-minute stress.

Tip #1 – Stop newspaper and mail delivery until you get back. The United States Postal Service can hold mail from three to 30 days. This is a free service that is offered to you. In many locations, you can even submit a stop mail request online. Just enter your address and stop and start dates. To submit a stop mail request online, visit the USPS website.

Tip #2 –  Turn off your garage door to keep thieves from opening it with a universal remote.

Tip #3 – Make arrangements to keep the landscape of your property trimmed, free of newspapers, flyers and debris. An unkempt lawn and property can tip off thieves that you are on vacation.

Tip #4 – Leave your air conditioner on a low setting; if it’s off on a hot day, it might tip off a burglar.

Tip #5 – Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway while you are away.

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Tip #6 – Make arrangements to have someone check your house periodically. Whether it’s a hired service, friend, neighbor or relative, having a person that you know check the premises every day or two while you’re gone can provide real protection and peace of mind. Request that they take out your garbage and put the cans back after the garbage pickup, it’s another way to send the message that everything is proceeding normally at your house.

Tip #7 – Invest in timers that turn on the exterior and interior lights for a few hours every evening. Have different times set in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom during the morning and at night. You might also want to set a timer to have the TV go on for an hour or so in the early morning and evening. This helps create the illusion that the residence is still occupied.

Tip #8 – Do not share your vacation plans online or in public places. Criminals are searching social media status updates for opportunities. Therefore, the less information you put out there, the less likely it is to reach the wrong ears and eyes. So, it is a good idea to wait to share your vacation pictures on facebook until you get home.

Tip #9 – This is a good time to invest in installing or having an existing security system updated. This will provide year-round peace of mind and protection for your home and valuables.

Tip #10 – Protect your personal information. We understand that protecting your identity can be a real challenge, especially when you are traveling. Contact your Erb and Young Insurance Agent to discuss the LegalShield Identity Theft Plan before leaving on vacation. Learn More steps to take before, during and after travel in order to return home with your identity wholly your own. 

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We hope that this information will help protect your identity and home when on vacation. For more information on the LegalShield Identity Theft Plan and to get answers to specific insurance questions, please contact an Erb and Young Insurance Agent. Your Erb and Young Insurance agent will provide you with exceptional service, rates and a FREE professional consultation. We focus on the relationship, not the transaction. Since we’re independent agents, our allegiance lies with our clients, not the insurance companies. We want you to avoid overpaying for a policy that is not providing the right coverage. Also, we want you to gain the benefits of knowing and being known by your Erb and Young Insurance agent.

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