Naples, FL, July 27, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Southwest Florida insurance agency, Gulfcoast Educators Insurance, offers tips for homeowners to protect their home during Summer. According to the FBI, crime rates increase approximately 10% in June, July, and August, and with those warmer temperatures, comes a rise in burglaries and home invasions. With many Florida residents going on vacation and young adults out of school during this time, Gulf Coast Educators Insurance reveals important home burglary prevention tips for homeowners and renters. “Gulf Coast Educators Insurance understands the importance of preventing home burglary so home owners can avoid possible homeowners insurance claims. This is why we are now advising Florida residents on what to do, and not do, to protect their homes and possessions during the summertime,” states Ron DeFreitas, owner/operator of Gulf Coast Educators Insurance.
The home insurance agents at Gulf Coast Educators Insurance offer the following tips for how to prevent a home invasion:
Lock cars in the driveway.
Always park your car in the garage with the garage door closed when you are there. That way someone watching for patterns won't know your car isn't there when you're gone.
In the interest of home security, never leave notes on the door. They just say to a burglar, "Come on in."
Use an alarm system if it is installed.
Use a door bar.
Close driveway gate when not in use.
Post Beware of Dog signs.
Install or Repair motion sensor lights if broken so thieves don’t know they don’t work.
Ensure your first floor windows and front door are completely visible from the street. Do not block them with trees, bushes, or plants so criminals can hide behind them while trying to gain access to your home.
Lock all the doors. Make sure all doors and windows are securely locked.
How to prevent a home burglary before going out of town:
Tell a trusted neighbor to watch over home while away.
Have mail and/or newspapers collected which makes it look like someone’s home or else stop their delivery.
Don’t advertise on social media (posting updates, “checking-in” or posting pictures) before or during the trip.
Arrange to have the lawn cut if out of town for a long period.
Lock all doors. Make sure all windows are also securely locked.
Ask a neighbor to use or move trash cans from time to time and to put it out at the curb and bring it back on trash day.
Use timers. The same kind of timers used on lights can also be used to turn radios or TVs on and off.
Consider using timed automatic drape and curtain openers. Drapes that are always closed or always open suggest no one is home.
Put all tools and ladders away after being used. Ladders can be used to climb in second story windows, and tools like hammers or screwdrivers can be used to gain entry.
Gulf Coast Educators Insurance is a Horace-Mann company located in Southwest Florida, and provides insurance products for educators and non-educators alike. Their experienced insurance agents offer home insurance, property insurance, renters insurance, condo insurance, and flood insurance. “Flood Insurance is a very important policy for Florida Residents to be mindful of because homeowners may live in a Flood Zone, and be put at risk. Renters and homeowners should check to make sure that their insurance policies will cover damage from potential hurricanes and tropical storms,” says DeFreitas.
Other insurance products available through Gulf Coast Educators Insurance are auto insurance, RV insurance, classic car insurance, motorcycle insurance, boat insurance, golf cart insurance, life insurance, as well as financial services. With three locations in Naples Florida, Port Charlotte Florida and Fort Myers Florida, the Gulf Coast Educators Insurance team is always at-hand to provide exceptional and convenient service.
For a free homeowners insurance or property insurance policy review please call 239-591-0963 for the Naples insurance office, 941-391-5423 for the Port Charlotte location, and 239-997-0420 for the Fort Myers office, or visit them online at http://www.propertyandhomeinsuranceflorida.com.