Make sure your policy is up to date. Call your coastal insurance agency to verify coverage. Specifically ask about theft of personal property. It’s not pleasant to think about, but at least your insurance provides some protection.
Check the locks. Before leaving, make sure all windows and doors are locked. Don’t forget to check any locks on your garage, shed or gate. Set your security system before you leave.
Make it look like someone’s home. Use a timer so your lights will come on at night and go off in the morning. Cutting your grass right before you leave will prevent it from growing too tall while you’re away.
Don’t announce your vacation on social media. You don’t want to announce, “Hey, I’m going to be gone for two weeks.” It’s an invitation to those who don’t mind breaking and entering. Wait until you get home to post any vacation photos.
Lock up your valuable items. Consider placing any high-end items, such as jewelry or guns, in a safe in your home or in a safety deposit box. If you don’t have access to either of these, you might consider putting items in the attic or in a kid’s bedroom.
If anything sinister does happen while you’re away, call your coastal insurance agency right away. The sooner you file a claim, the sooner you’ll be able to replace your loss.