Prevent Home Burglary While on Vacation: Tips from a Nationwide Expert [Slideshow]

 

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.

What to do if your home is burglarized

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Interviewer: If you become a victim of theft, what should you do?

Pete: Well, our recommendation, because we are an insurance business and we deal with this every day, is to have a home inventory ahead of time. Take the time to go through all of your stuff. One of the recommendations I give (and as a matter of fact, I do it personally) is keep every manual of everything I buy. It’s an easy way to do an inventory, and you can keep your receipts with it so you know what you paid for it. If you don’t have the inventory, one of the first things you’re going to do as part of the claim process is document what you lost, and that’s why we recommend doing the inventory ahead of time. But you also want to call the police, notify them. You want to dig up any possible photos of the damaged items or the lost items. Finally, you’ve got to call us right away so we can help out as quickly as we can.

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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.

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