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.

Tips while you’re on vacation

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Interviewer: What type of things would make you more vulnerable to theft?

Pete: At Nationwide, we recently did a survey about home burglaries and it’s not only interesting, but it’s actually scary, some of the things that we identified. For instance, 25% of homeowners acknowledged leaving their front door unlocked at least once during the last year. In addition, despite the dramatic rise in thefts over the years, 39% of homeowners admit they leave their doors unlocked more often or about the same as when they were growing up with their parents at home. Also, only 15% of homeowners surveyed correctly believed that the front door is the most common entry point for burglars.

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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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