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How to Protect Your Valuables

How to Protect Your Valuables

As the holidays are approaching, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that you are able to protect any valuable items you receive with Valuable Items Insurance. Valuable Items Insurance will provide protection for high-value items not covered under a typical homeowners insurance policy, covering items such as fine art, jewelry, collectibles, firearms, and others. Having this insurance will provide excellent coverage for your more expensive items, but you can take additional measures in order to ensure that your valuable items will remain safe.

Protecting Your Home

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a home burglary occurs every fifteen seconds in the United States. One of the most crucial ways to protect your valuables is to implement home security measures. As HouseLogic states, in addition to providing protection against break-ins, home security systems also serve as a deterrent to potential thieves by demonstrating that the house is well-protected and will likely prove to be a challenge.

Alarms are one of the most-recommended security measures – SafeWise notes that in addition to scaring potential intruders away, alarms can also notify the police and monitor your home for smoke and fire dangers. The Greenwich Study of Residential Security report states that residences without an alarm system are between 2.7 and 3.5 times more susceptible to robbery. Outdoor lights and a lack of hiding spots outside your house will also make it difficult for someone to attempt a robbery without being seen, and thus also serve as deterrents and safety measures.

Keeping Your Valuables Hidden

This is perhaps the most obvious method of protecting your valuables – don’t keep them out in the open! Consumer Reports recommends in-home safes for the protection that they provide against burglary, water damage, and fire, which is the number one safety concern for many buyers. If you do not have a safe in your home, it is wise to ensure that your valuable items cannot be seen through windows or from the outside of your home. If you receive a new valuable item this holiday season – such as an expensive new TV – it is best not to place the box in your trash, as it will alert passersby that you are currently in possession of that expensive new item.

Protecting Your Home When You’re Away

As we are in the midst of the holidays, it is imperative to provide safety measures that will protect your valuables even when you are not physically there. Certain home security systems give you remote access to your home, which you can use to turn lights on and perform other actions that will give the illusion that the home is occupied. If you do not have a system with these capabilities, setting the lights to turn on and off on a timer will also work. Placing a hold on your newspaper and mail deliveries will prevent the pile-up of mail that is a dead giveaway of an empty house, or you could ask any trustworthy neighbors you have to keep an eye on your home and valuables while you are away.

About A.J. Benet

A.J. Benet, Inc. has provided solutions in homeowners insurance, life insurance, automobile insurance, and more to individuals, families, and businesses for nearly fifty years. We value the relationships we have with our clients and partners and are always ready to provide high-quality and personalized assistance. For a free consultation on how we can best protect you, you can contact us at (888) 639-4560 to speak with one of our professionals

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