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Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Property

The holiday season is all about spending time with those you love and enjoy, and for many, this could mean traveling.

Here are some easy tried and true steps you can take to protect your property.

Ask your neighbor or a friend for help.

Have them do things like bring in your mail or park a car in your driveway to make it look like someone is home and drive by your property each day to make sure nothing looks out of the ordinary. Make sure whoever is helping you out has a copy of your itinerary and emergency contact information.

Social media caution.

Several studies have shown that somewhere between 70 and 80 percent of burglars are using social media to find potential targets. Save the sharing for after you return home.

A timer for your lights.

An automatic timer that’ll turn the lights in your home on and off according to a programmed schedule is a great deterrent. Inspecting holiday lights or wiring and unplugging them before you leave town is a good idea. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, December is the known month for electrical fires. .

Safeguard your pipes.

Frozen pipes can crack and burst. It is important that your pipes are properly insulated, If you’ve recruited someone to keep an eye on things, have them turn on the faucet every couple of days—if only a few drops of water come out, your pipes may be frozen. Be sure to show them where the main water shutoff is located in case of a burst pipe. Confirm all appliances are working correctly before you leave.

Make sure insurance is up-to-date.

Insurance exists to protect you from those worst-case scenarios and can help you repair or replace the damages. Many landlords and property management companies even require renters insurance in their lease terms. Homeowners: Be sure your insurance is up-to-date to make sure your home and your belongings are protected.

The holidays are a time to celebrate and relax, with some simple precautions in place, your property will be set up for safety