Last month, Pete Lore, Associate Vice President of Property Claims here at Nationwide, set out to raise awareness about the results of a recent home burglary survey conducted by Harris Interactive. The survey revealed a variety of common mistakes homeowners make that can heighten their risk of home burglary while on vacation. To spread the word about how to protect your home and offer theft-prevention tips, Pete engaged news anchors and reporters at radio stations across the country.
Let’s take a look at three of the most common home protection questions Pete was asked on-air, and his responses.
Preparing to leave for vacation
Interviewer: If you’re going away on vacation, what steps should you take before you leave?
Pete: There are several things that homeowners should do before they go on vacation. You don’t want to make it easy for burglars to figure out you’re traveling. First thing, you may want to tell someone you trust about your vacation plans and have them drive by your house several times to check on it while you’re gone. Also, probably one of the biggest things is don’t announce online that you’re going on vacation. With today’s social media it’s easier for burglars to figure out that you’re out of the area. One interesting fact is, 41% of individuals 18-34 post that they’re going somewhere on social media and continue to post photos and updates while they’re away. Also, it’s good to put your newspaper and mail delivery on hold while you’re away so you don’t have a pileup outside your door.
For more tips on how to protect your home and belongings while on vacation, check out this home theft prevention tips infographic.
What steps do you take to protect your home and belongings while on vacation? Please share in the comments section below.