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Hitting the road? Amica offers 6 home security tips

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01/13/2014

LINCOLN, RI - Burglary has been on the rise in recent years, and unoccupied homes are a prime target for thieves. That’s why Amica Insurance is sharing tips to help deter burglars from breaking into your home while you’re out of town.

An article from Insurance Networking News reports that “burglary theft claims are seasonal and spike in December, April and September.” Additionally, the article says those claims are rising in frequency and value.

Amica is offering the following tips from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety to help keep your home secure while you’re away:

• Stop mail service and newspaper delivery for the duration of your travels.
• Install lights with timers or motion sensors.
• Use tapered deadbolts to keep thieves from twisting open locks with wrenches or other tools.
• Tell a neighbor you’ll be out of town, and give them a spare key to check on your home. They can make sure doors haven’t been left open and pipes haven’t burst.
• Inform the police you’ll be traveling, and for how long.
• Avoid posting about your trip on social media. It will alert people that your home will be empty.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 employees in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,
Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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