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Don't Let Burglars Work While Your Clients Are On Vacation

The traditional summer vacation months of July and August are also the peak months for burglaries, warns the FBI. To minimize the chance of burglary, Atlantic Mutual offers homeowners these tips:

Doors and locks: Make sure exterior doors are made of solid wood or metal and secured with a heavy-duty deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt and a heavy-duty knob-in-lock set with a dead-latch mechanism.

Windows: Close the latches on all windows and, for extra security, place a secondary blocking device such as a wooden dowel or through-the-frame pin. 

Lighting: Create the illusion of occupancy with light-timers on interior lights near the front and back windows with the curtains drawn. Donít leave them on all the time ó unless you want burglars to think youíre out of town.

Neighbors: Ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail and newspapers and oversee vendors such as lawn mowing services. Encourage them to park in your empty driveway once in a while and even give them a key to check inside your home.

Landscaping: Trim tree branches up to six feet off the ground and trim your shrubs down to three feet. This makes it easier for neighbors to monitor your yard and minimizes hiding places for burglars.

Alarm systems: Besides arming your alarm system before you leave, make sure you have alarm company signs near the front and rear doors and alarm company decals on ground floor windows to deter burglars.


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