5 Steps to Minimize the Threat of a Home Break-In

Posted on December 10, 2023 by Active Insurance

Millions of travelers will take to the road or the skies this holiday season. Before you pack your bags we want to remind you about an item that should most definitely be included in your itinerary: your home.

Break-ins are especially common when people leave their homes for extended periods, so taking preventive measures is crucial—still trying to figure out where to start? It’s why we highly recommend home insurance.

Securing Your Home
As it happens, one of the most common reasons cars and homes are broken into is one of the most avoidable ones: they forget to lock their doors.

  • Before you leave, double-check that all your doors and windows are locked securely.
  • We also recommend you invest in smart locks or security systems that can be monitored via phone and provide an extra layer of protection.
  • If there are valuable items outside your home or hidden keys that can potentially be found, we recommend storing them in a secure location.

Don’t Overshare
We get it – vacations are exciting, and wanting to share it all with your friends and family on social media is a natural reaction. However, we want to urge you to avoid oversharing. Broadcasting your absence could inadvertently invite unwanted attention from intrusive criminals waiting for an opportunity. Once you make it back home, share away!

Count on Someone You Trust
Would-be burglars are often deterred by trusted friends, family members, or neighbors keeping an eye on your home. Ask them to collect your mail and any packages you may expect during
your absence. The frequent movement at your home can give the impression that someone is present.

Leave a Light On
This may be an old trick, but it has stood the test of time because it generally tends to work. If you can invest in timers for lights or electronic devices, you can amplify the illusion of activity inside your home.

Be Thorough on Your Return
Once you’re back from your holidays, make sure you take time to inspect your property thoroughly. Look for any signs of tampering or suspicious activity, especially around your gates, windows, and doors. If you identify any causes for concern, contact the authorities, and your insurance provider immediately.

The Peace of Mind You Need
Sometimes, the most essential protection for your home is the one you can’t see. Active Insurance has you covered if you’re ready to hit the road but need a home insurance policy to have your back in case of break-ins.

Trust us to provide the coverage, support, and prices to protect your property even when you’re not there.