No homeowner wishes for his or her home to be the target of a break-in, but every homeowner should be prepared for the worst. Read this article to find out how you can make your home less attractive to burglars (without making it less attractive to your neighbors) and ensure that a successful break-in does not mean financial ruin for you and your family.
Strengthen Your Lock System
Many burglars try to break in through the front door. By simply installing a dead bolt and some anti-theft hinges on your front door, you will deter burglars from entering your home. To prevent more persistent burglars from entering your home, you may want to talk to a locksmith about extra-strength window-locking mechanisms and locks for other doors in your home.
Lock up Your Valuables
Although having a home safe does not prevent burglars from entering your home, it can keep them away from your most valuable possessions. Having a waterproof, fireproof, burglarproof safe installed in your home is almost like a form of insurance for your most sensitive documents, heirlooms, and valuable jewelry. The contents of a durable safe are protected from the worst of circumstances.
When you go on vacation, have a neighbor collect your mail and your newspapers so that they do not stack up, cluing nosy thieves in to the fact that you are not home. It is also a good idea to schedule your lights on an automatic time system and remove any keys that are hidden on your property for lock-out situations.
Install an Alarm System
When a burglar is on your property and an alarm sounds, he is likely to run as fast as he can. Even if he doesn’t, having an alarm system can reduce your homeowner’s insurance premium, making it more affordable to secure indemnity to your property and personal possessions in case of in case they are damaged or stolen.
The surest way to protect your home and its assets from the damage burglars can inflict on them is to invest in a home insurance policy. For comparative rates on high-quality, low-cost homeowner’s insurance, call Insurance Center Associates at (310) 817-6413. We have convenient office locations in San Pedro and Torrance (3220 Sepulveda Blvd.), both of which serve the South Bay area of Los Angeles. We are also able to handle homeowners’ insurance needs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Georgia, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Washington, and we are expanding every year!