It’s a horrible feeling to wake up one morning to find your car was stolen or vandalized overnight. It’s also a horrible feeling to come home from vacation only to find that your home has been burglarized. Not only do these things leave you feeling violated, but they also lead to financial loss, and they can end up raising your insurance rates in the long run if you file claims. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help protect your home and auto from criminals.

While there’s nothing you can do that will absolutely guarantee your home or vehicle isn’t burglarized or stolen, there are things you can do to minimize the risks of it happening. Here are 4 tips for protecting your home and auto from criminals:

  1. Create a routine. Get in the habit of every evening around 9 pm making sure your vehicles are locked and you haven’t left valuables in them. Most of the time when people have broken into vehicles and stolen things it was a crime of opportunity, because the vehicle was left unlocked and valuables were visible.
  2. Install a camera. Consider getting a camera that has a motion sensor light on it. This way, when someone approaches your vehicle or house in the night, the light will come on, recording will begin, and the person will likely flee.
  3. Keep your garage door closed. Many people leave their garage door open for hours on end. This is an open invitation to those looking to steal things. Only have the garage door open when you are out there, and make checking to see if it’s closed part of your 9 pm routine.
  4. Don’t’ spread the word. When it comes time to go on vacation, don’t let everyone know by posting it on social media. Instead, tell a couple of trusted neighbors so they can keep an eye on your home while you are gone.

These four things won’t take hardly any time at all, a minute or two per day, and yet they can save you the grief and heartache of dealing with break-ins or theft. Also, it’s a good idea to make sure you have proper Florida homeowners insurance and Florida auto insurance in place. That way if something does happen, you are prepared to have it taken care of. At Webb Insurance Options, we can help you find the cheapest Florida homeowners insurance and affordable auto insurance.

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