From the monthly archives: December 2012

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12/18/2012 10:17 PM

Tips on Protecting Your Home While You're Away

Vacations are fun, but they may be costly if you fail to secure your home while you are away.  Burglars see this as an opportunity to target empty homes. There are over 2 million burglaries each year, mostly residential. Here are five preventative steps to keep your home safe: ~Dead-bold window and door locks to help slow a burglar down.  You may also receive a discount on your insurance policy for installing these devices. ~Invest in a burglar alarm.  An alarm system can result in an insurance discount. ~Make sure you have strong doors.  Outside doors and frames should be made of metal or solid hardwood and be at least 1 ¾ - inches thick.  Garage doors also need strong locks. ~If you save personal information on your computer, make sure it’s difficult to access. ~Keep valuables locked and well hidden.  Don’t leave personal documents in your desk since burglars know to look for them there.  Expensive jewelry should be hidden somewhere other than the ...

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