Keep your home safe while you are away this summer.

Vacations are a time to relax, eat too much and have a great time with your

family and friends. It’s not the time to worry about your home. There are some

things you can do to give yourself peace of mind while you’re away.

First, review your  homeowners insurance policy to make sure any “big ticket” items you may

have purchased since you bought your policy are covered for theft and other losses.

Second, make a record of all the serial numbers of your electronic devices and

take photographs. This will aid the police and your insurance company

if your property is stolen. Finally, do you have a professionally installed

burglar alarm system? An alarm system may make a burglar think twice about

breaking into your home, and many insurance companies offer a discount

on homeowners policies if your home is equipped with an alarm.

Other helpful tips to keep your home safe while you’re gone include:

maintaining the shrubs in your yard so they are less than 3 feet high in the front

and sides of your home; securing all your doors with deadbolt locks; setting a few

lights in your home on timers (make sure they are set to go on and off at different

times); and positioning your valuable possessions (e.g.: televisions, stereos, etc.)

so they cannot be seen when a person looks in the window. You also should

suspend the delivery of your mail and newspapers (or have a trusted neighbor

collect them for you), and contact your local law enforcement agency to

see if there is a “vacation-home check” program—so a police officer will check

on your home while you are out of town.

Should you have any questions about your homeowners insurance policy

before you go on vacation, give us a call. We are happy to answer your questions.

Your vacation is a time for relaxing and forgetting about the stresses of everyday

life. However, should you become the victim of theft, contact us as soon

as possible.

The Russell Agency is a full service insurance agency serving Fairfield, Southport, Westport and all of Connecticut.

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