Secure Your Home While You’re Away for the Holidays

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For many families, the most beautiful thing about the holiday season is being together. For that to happen, many (or most) family members will have to travel, leaving their homes unattended for days or weeks at a time. To help you enjoy the season without worrying about what might be happening while you’re gone, we explore a few ways to secure your home while you’re away visiting family for the holidays.

Invest in an alarm system

If you haven’t already, then we strongly advise investing in a home security system that will alert the police (and you) if a break-in occurs. Be sure to inform your alarm company that you’ll be out of time, and provide them with the dates that you’ll be absent.

Alert your neighbors that you’ll be away

Inform your trusted neighbors that you’ll be away on vacation, and ask them to keep an eye out for anything suspicious. You can also ask a neighbor to water your plants, and to turn a light on in your house at night, or place the lights in your home on a timer so that it looks like someone is home.

Postpone mail deliveries

Have the post office hold your mail during your absence, rather than delivering it. An accumulation of mail in the mailbox can inform criminal elements that your house is temporarily empty.

Review your home insurance specifics

Before leaving, speak with your independent insurance agent to make sure your insurance policy covers your most valuable items in case of theft. Even with the utmost precaution, proper preparation means planning for the worst, and making sure you’re covered can offer the peace of mind you need to enjoy your holiday.


With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, the Jeff Van Matre Insurance Agency can help you choose the right coverage plan to protect your personal and business assets and put your mind at ease. To learn more, or to get a free quote,  call our Carrollton office today at 972-492-8500.