SOURCE: Response Insurance

December 13, 2007 08:05 ET

'Tis the Season to Get Robbed, Too

Tips to Prevent Home Burglaries

MERIDEN, CT--(Marketwire - December 13, 2007) - With many people away, visiting friends, or just out of the house shopping for the holidays, burglars will have countless good prospects. Experts agree that it is a very vulnerable time for homeowners. "People are busy, distracted," said Ray Palermo, director of public relations for Response Insurance. "They are not always focusing on the more mundane things of life, like making sure your home or apartment is secure." He offered a few precautions to help prevent homeowners from falling victim to thieves during this time of year.

--  Start by making a full exterior examination of your house. Make sure
    all locked doors and windows have a tight fit when closed. Check to see if
    there is any "wiggle room" that could give a thief enough space to jimmy it
    open.  Walk around your whole property to ensure there is nothing that can
    be used to climb to upper floors.  Look in your windows to make sure blinds
    are positioned to screen the interior view, but not closed completely. You
    may want to move any computers and TVs away from prying eyes.  Never leave
    an "emergency key" hidden outside your house.
--  Always leave your home in a secure state, regardless of the amount of
    time you expect to be away.  A burglar watching your house is capable of
    taking what he wants in a few carefully planned moments.
--  When you are away from the house, particularly for an extended period,
    be sure to make it look lived-in. Put timers on a few lights at varied
    times; put a timer on a radio set to a talk-radio station; install a
    dusk/dawn outside light or motion detector; ask a neighbor to pick up your
    mail and any circulars that might pile up on your doorstep; and stop
    delivery of newspapers or other mail.
--  In many instances installing a home alarm system will give you
    protection, a sense of calm and even a discount on your homeowner's
--  Walk around the interior of your home and inventory your major
    possessions. An easy way is to place valuables out on tables and videotape
    your house, room-to-room of all furniture, paintings and other possessions.
    Place the list, any photos/video you took, and perhaps the valuables
    themselves, in a safe, separate location.
--  Tell a trusted neighbor on your block that you will be away. Activity
    or noise that might otherwise seem normal to them would be alarming if they
    knew you are away from home.
--  Be sure your homeowner's insurance coverage reflects any improvements
    or purchases that have increased the value of your home or its contents
    since you got your homeowner's policy. The only thing worse than losing
    your possessions is not being sufficiently covered to recoup your losses.

Additional information on this and other car and homeowner topics is available at the Response Insurance Safety Information Center website:

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ray Palermo
    Director of Public Relations & Communications
    Response Insurance Group
    500 South Broad Street
    Meriden, CT 06450
    Tel: 203-634-7251