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Protect Yourself During the Easter Long Weekend

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Without a doubt, many of you have already packed your bags for the Easter Long Weekend that is happening in just a few days time. Many of you are probably going away to visit relatives in the province, ready to head out to the beach, or going on a big trip out of the country. Either way, it is good to be aware of a few dangers that may happen while you are away from your home.

 

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Long weekends and holidays are normally the prime time for burglars to invade houses and cars, being prepared will give you peace of mind while you are away.

Here are some tips:

 

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Protect Your Belongings At Home
  • Ask a trusted neighbour to watch your home and your car from time to time. If possible, have a relative or a friend act as a caretaker of your home while you’re away.
  • Temporarily suspend any mail or newspaper deliveries to your home, or ask a friendly neighbour to collect them. Stacks of newspapers and mails are a clear sign that no one is home.
  • Change your lighting system to have an automatic timer for evening hours.
  • Move all displays and valuable items away from the windows.
  • Ensure your sliding glass doors are secured by latches, not locks. Locks are vulnerable to being forcibly opened from the outside.
  • Keep valuables outside the bedroom: A burglar on the hunt for valuables in a home will make the master bedroom their first stop—since that’s where the valuable items are most commonly stored.

 

Protect Your Belongings While Traveling
  • Always park in well-lit areas and ensure that the vehicle is locked at all times.
  • Leave all valuable items out of sight.

 

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Give Yourself Peace of Mind

No matter how much you try to prepare, you may still be a target of burglary. Investing in the right insurance products for your belongings and car will give you peace of mind and help you recover if a burglary does happen. To decrease the hassle of claiming back from insurance, you should:

 

  • Ensure you have the right insurance policies in place to protect you against burglary.
  • Know what items you have. You can keep note of your items by listing them down or taking a pictures of each room and belongings before you leave the house. This will help you identify what items have been stolen and will also help speed up the claims process.
  • Speak to your insurance broker for advice.

 

 

Author: Jardine Lloyd Thompson – Benefit Solutions  
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